30th September 2020

200 teams complete 100km Trailwalker Relay

A huge congratulations to all who took part in Trailwalker Relay last week.

From 21 September, 200 teams of up to nine people completed the 100km relay challenge on their chosen routes across the country.

Originally formed as a Gurkha training exercise in Hong Kong in 1981, over the years Trailwalker UK has become a famous fundraising challenge open to the public. Organised in partnership with Oxfam GB and The Queen’s Gurkha Signals, it is the ultimate in long-distance challenges, usually hosted across the idyllic South Downs. Participants usually walk 100km in under 30 hours, finishing at the historic Brighton Racecourse for a well-deserved Gurkha curry.

This year was a little different. Teams took on the 100km walk in their chosen time-frame, in local parks and countrysides with no-one but each other for company. Participants didn’t have the same crowds of volunteers and Gurkha soldiers cheering them on. They didn’t have the delicious curry waiting for them at the end. But what they did have was amazing grit and determination to complete their feat to raise money for our causes.

Prince Harry cheers on the troops

The Duke of Sussex wished all the participants good luck in their gruelling challenge from his home. Since he was a child, Harry has an amazing history with both the Gurkhas and our charity.

Over £50,000 raised – and counting!

We are so grateful to the teams, and all who have donated towards their efforts, for raising £50,424 so far for ours and Oxfam’s vital work around the world.

 

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