Since its introduction in 2013, the Christopher Ward Challenger Programme has aimed to support extraordinary individuals focused on undertaking a feat the rest of us wouldn’t dare contemplate. They are people that posses true ambition and manage to push the boundaries in everything they do. These aren't stories centered around celebrities or socialites, but individuals that share our very own underdog spirit. Recently, our latest challenger, Jamie Maddison, shared the plans for his latest adventure - a 100-mile ultra-marathon across the Saryesik-Atyrau Desert in Kazakhstan that he plans on completing in under 24 hours. We thought it would be a great time to share the story of this partnership and of course, discuss the watch Jamie plans on wearing during his adventure.
Jamie Maddison is no stranger to the perils of adventure. Over the past decade, he has ridden horses 800 miles across Kazakhstan, hunted for ancient artifacts in the high mountains of Tajikistan, and constantly pushed himself beyond his limits. After completing the City of London Mile race in 4 minutes 34 seconds, he has now set his sights on something a bit more endurance-focused. It can be be considered somewhat of an ultramarathon and although he will have the presence of a support vehicle at his side, Jamie will be the only runner.
Besides his obvious penchant for adventure, Jamie is also undeniably a watch guy. "I’ve been a fan of horology for a while now. I’m even taking a clock repair course at the moment, trying to figure out how it all works," said Jamie in a recent interview. Recently, he's been wearing a C60 Trident COSC 600, our flagship dive watch powered by our very own Calibre SH21 movement. "It never leaves my wrist and I do all my runs with it," says Jamie.
Aside from offering a rugged look, the watch also provides 120 hours of power reserve, 600m of water resistance, and COSC certified timekeeping. The zirconia ceramic bezel is also considerably resistant to damage and the watch comes on a choice of a stainless steel bracelet, rubber strap, or black leather strap. Additionally, it's worth noting that Jamie enjoys utilizing the unidirectional bezel to time his runs. "Recently, I have been measuring my progress on a Trident Chronometer instead, a more generous device that — through the use of its bezel – gives me a better feel for how the time on my feet matches up against the passage of time in general." Not long ago, aBlogtoWatch also reviewed an earlier version of the C60 Trident COSC 600 here.
So, as Jamie gears up and cranks his training routine for his upcoming marathon, Christopher Ward is honored to support his endeavors. Currently, The Challenger Program serves to fund the logistics side of the trip and help Jamie achieve this immense goal. We'll be sure to keep you updated on Jamie's progress and don't forget to read his latest interview for a closer look at his upcoming journey. christopherward.com
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