The Endurance Challenge Charity Trust (ECCT) is the brainchild of David Crombie, who has long been an active fundraising athlete. David formed this non-profit organisation with the express purpose of bringing together like-minded runners – Team ECCT – who wish to harness their passion for ultra-distance running in order to make a difference to the children in South Africa who are suffering as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
In taking up these endurance challenges, team members will seek to gain both corporate and private sponsorship for their fundraising role. Team ECCT members pay all their race expenses, thus all funds raised are for the benefit of the children.
David is the Chairman and Founding Trustee of Endurance Challenge Charity Trust. He has a PhD in Industrial Psychology and a Phd in Sports Science, and is currently a Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Sports Science Institute, University of Cape Town. His running pedigree extends to over 100 standard marathons…including New York and Boston, and 30 ultras such as Two Oceans, Comrades, and Washie. For many years David has actively raised funds for various charities through his running, most notably the Helen Keller Society for the Blind, who received the profits of a book he wrote to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Washie, the oldest 100 Miler in South Africa.
Previous ECCT fundraising extreme ultras completed by David include the 2007 Himalayas 100 Miler in India/Nepal; 2008 Amazon Jungle Marathon 220km race in Brazil; 2009 Kalahari Augrabies 250km desert race, and 2112/13 trans-country 2604km Mekong River Run.