Teams raise over £500,000 at Trailwalker 2021
Congratulations to all the challengers who participated in Trailwalker 2021 and proved they could take on the ultimate endurance event! We also owe a big ‘thank you’ to our mighty team of volunteers, who cheered on challengers and kept everyone fed all weekend.
A buzzing event
We had a wonderful turnout of participants. This year, 1,256 individuals joined 314 teams to traverse the South Downs Way. To encourage challengers onward, Gurkha pipers played non-stop for nearly four hours.
Teams were challenged to finish the 100km course in 30 hours or less, and participants did not disappoint. The fastest team was the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, who crossed the finish line in an incredible 10 hours and 19 minutes.
Ex-Gurkha Chris Green, aged 75, completed Trailwalker in a personal best time of 24 hours and 12 minutes. This is the fourth Trailwalker challenge he has participated in.
Fundraising for Gurkha veterans and widows
The event raised a fantastic amount for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust. The top team fundraised over £10,000, and overall, the event is expected to have raised more than £500,000. Proceeds will go toward our vital work supporting Gurkha veterans and widows in Nepal, as well as Oxfam’s work to fight poverty around the world.
Delicious curry to celebrate
For all their hard work, participants and volunteers were rewarded with some delicious curry, courtesy of classic Nepali recipes. Our volunteers estimated that they handed out over 2,000 bowls of curry.
Our sincerest thanks go out to the dedicated volunteers and challengers who made this year’s Trailwalker an unforgettable adventure. Dhanyabad!
Select photos courtesy of Alex Welirang.