Trailwalker across South Downs raises £1m

A  group of walkers stride across the Downs. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
A group of walkers stride across the Downs. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

NEARLY 450 intrepid teams were on the start line for Trailwalker 2013, an epic adventure which involved walking 100km nonstop across the South Downs and is expected to raise £1m for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, it followed the South Downs and finished at Brighton Racecourse.

The challenge was originally started by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment in 1981 and they still play a major role behind the scenes. Gurkha teams also compete and hold the record of nine hours 50 minutes. The fastest team this year were the ‘Queen’s Gurkha’s Logistics’ who completed the 100km course in 11 hours 13 minutes. The fastest civilian team were the Portsmouth Joggers, who crossed the line in 12 hours 26 minutes.

Since Trailwalker was opened up to the public in 2002, the event has since grown into a major fundraising event for 
Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Louise Gebbett, Oxfam spokesman, said: “It is an unforgettable experience.”