23rd September 2019

Trailwalker 2019: congratulations to all who completed the 100km trek

On Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 September 2019, 232 teams completed the 100km Trailwalker challenge across the South Downs.

As ever, the event was brilliantly organised and marshalled by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals and our charity partner Oxfam GB. With beautiful weather across the weekend, teams were full of enthusiasm and morale was high.

Photo by Miriam Scullion

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. Participants must trek, in teams of four, 100km in under 30 hours, finishing at the historic Brighton Racecourse for a well-deserved Gurkha curry.

The Queen’s Gurkha Signals were the first to cross the finish line in 10 hours and 25 minutes, beating reigning champions Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Tremendous trekkers & fantastic fundraisers

From GWT headquarters, Piers Lawson personally took on the challenge this year, along with teammates Henry Boucher, Richard Jory and Dillikumar Rai. Their team “24 Hour – Dal Bhat Power” completed the 100km trek in an amazing 23 hours and 35 minutes.

Donate to Piers’s JustGiving page

From our Gurkha Welfare Advice Centre, Anju Gurung also completed the challenge, walking 100km non-stop to raise money for us and Oxfam. Here they are at the finish line:

Donate to Anju’s JustGiving page

Pictures from Trailwalker 2019. Can you spot yourself?

Photographs from Oxfam GB, The Queens Gurkha Signals and The Gurkha Welfare Trust. Click to enlarge:

See you at Trailwalker 2020?

Thanks to the funds raised by the extraordinary people who took on Trailwalker and other challenges this year, we’re able to provide vital aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities in Nepal.

If you’re interested in taking on Trailwalker in 2020, please find more information on the Trailwalker website.

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