Trailwalker camp

Trailwalker camp

Trailwalker UK is an epic 100km team challenge along the South Downs Way from the Country Park to Brighton Racecourse. Teams of 4 attempt the challenge in a 30 hour timescale which this year was made much more difficult by the wet weather.

 

449 teams set off on the Saturday morning with starts at 6.00am, 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.00am and finally at 10.00am.  Most of the competitors and their support teams had spent the night under canvas, or in local accommodation, arriving at the Gurkha mobile food station at the crack of dawn on Saturday for a cooked breakfast.

 

 

The queue for breakfast

The queue for breakfast

At the end of what was the hardest Trailwalker ever 240 teams of 4 completed the event raising over £1 million for Oxfam projects and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

The top team for fundraising was the appropriately named ‘Pain is just weakness leaving the body’ which raised £4811. 

The Queens Gurkha Signals  started the event in 1981 and when they were redeployed to the UK in 1997 they established it on the South Downs where it has been run ever since on an annual basis.

This year the first team home in a time of 10 hours 54 minutes was fittingly from the regiment. As well as entering teams about 200 soldiers were involved in organising the event helped by staff from major partner Oxfam.     

For more information about Trailwalker go to the web-site on www.oxfam.org.uk/trailwalker

The start

The start

Gurka pipers

Gurkha pipers

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