Trailwalker-one of four start times

Trailwalker-one of four start times

Last weekend saw the biggest and most challenging of the many events that take place each year along the South Downs Way.

Trailwalker Uk started out over 30 years ago as a training event for military personnel. In 2002 the Gurkha Welfare Trust teamed up with Oxfam and the event was opened up to the public. Starting at QECP, 520 teams of four have 30 hours to walk, 100 km or 63 miles, east to the end of the National Trail.

The record is an incredible 9 hours and 50 minutes however this year torrential rain early in the event slowed the finish time down to 10 hours 42. The first civilian mens team came in after 12 hours and 39 minutes, and the first female team in 18 hours 12.

Army transport

Army transport

 250 soldiers from the Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment ensure that everything goes smoothly supported by staff from Oxfam.

 This year only 53% complete teams finished after a total of 392 individuals retired proving just how tough this event is. On one team’s blog the scene at the last checkpoint was likened to a clip from the film Platoon!   

Event HQ-Butser Hill

Event-Butser Hill

 £1,000,000 has already been committed as sponsorship and this makes Trailwalker the biggest annual fundraiser for the Gurkha Welfare Trust. 

Food tent

Food tent

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