Andrés Lledó is an ultramarathon athlete from Los Urrutias, Cartagena. His first challenge wasn’t connected with sport but with work. Andrés decided to work as a lifesaver for the Sea Rescue service, that is, as the swimmer who gets winched down from the Sea Rescue helicopter to carry out the most dangerous rescues in the most severe weather conditions. At the moment, he’s based in Mallorca, where he’s the crew member who operates the winch in the helicopter responsible for patrolling the northern Mediterranean area.
Andrés gradually developed a love of ultra distance running, taking part in the 2009 and 2010 Marathon des Sables event in Morocco, a race that takes place during 5 to 6 days over a distance of 350 km across the Sahara desert. In 2012 he did the Atacama Crossing, a 250 km race across the Atacama desert in Chile.
In 2014 he took part in the 4Deserts race. That involved doing four 250 km races over the year, each one across one of the four most inhospitable deserts on the planet: Sahara, Gobi, Antarctica and Atacama. A total of 1,000 km. Only 33 athletes in the whole world have managed to complete all four desert runs in the same year. Andrés is one of them.
In 2015 he took part in three races:
- The Track” in Australia, crossing the Australian desert from north to south over a distance of 590 km;
- The Transalpine Run, 250 km over the Alps, crossing Austria, Switzerland and Germany,
- plus theJungle Marathon in which Andrés finished second. Temperatures of over 40ºC, 99% humidity, crocodile infested rivers, mosquito bites, eating little and sleeping badly while running 254 km in 6 stages through the jungle in 7 days. This race was held in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and is classed as the world’s most dangerous endurance event. Runners must tackle 254 km of inhospitable jungle, sleeping in hammocks to avoid being bitten.
In 2017, Andrés once again competed in 3 races, each one in extreme climate conditions, the ICE Ultra in snowy Sweden, the Jungle Ultra in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and the Desert Ultra in the Namibian desert.