On 23-24 July 2016, a record-breaking 1,800 people took on Trailwalker UK, attempting to cover 100km across the South Downs in less than 30 hours.

Originally created as a Gurkha training exercise, the event continues to be organised by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals with support from our charity partner Oxfam. This is the 30th year that it’s been open to civilians and they met the challenge head on, raising over £500,000 in aid of our charities.

High temperatures on the first day didn’t stop the winners – a team from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles – from finishing in an incredible 11h04. In fact, the top six teams on the day were from the Brigade of Gurkhas, underlining just how impressive these soldiers really are.

Trailwalker Legends

This year also saw the introduction of the “Trailwalker Legends” scheme in the UK, which recognises the devoted individuals who return year on year to take on the challenge in support of Oxfam and GWT.

One of 2016’s most remarkable participants is long-term GWT supporter Ian Crawford (pictured below right). Aged 73, Ian took part in Trailwalker for the 18th time this year – a truly extraordinary achievement. When asked why this challenge is so special to him, Ian said: "I just love the Gurkhas… It's for your charity."

Why take on the challenge?

It’s thanks to the efforts of fundraisers such as the intrepid Trailwalkers that we’re able to provide vital aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities in Nepal.

A little over a year after the devastating Nepal earthquakes, we’ve made excellent progress with our response and we’ll be stepping up support in the coming months, but there's a long way to go.

Anyone interested in taking on the challenge can find further info on the Trailwalker webpage and register for updates on Trailwalker 2017.

Our earthquake response

Find out more about how we're helping to rebuild the lives of Gurkha veterans, their families and communities.

The Trust at a glance

A brief summary of what we do and our plans for the coming years.

Take a look at an infographic covering the Trust's work in 2014/15.