9th January 2018

We’re taking on Trailwalker

Trailwalker UK is an endurance race where teams of four attempt to complete a 100km walk in under 30 hours. Organised in partnership with Oxfam, Trailwalker is the ultimate in long-distance challenges.

This year, we have members of our very own team taking part in the gruelling event.

Meet the team

Piers Lawson, the Fundraising Manager in our UK office. An ex-Cavalryman with a point to prove, he’s already working hard on his training

Charlie Harris, a loyal supporter of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, who was first introduced by The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) John White MBE, who has worked as Head of our Earthquake Response Team in Nepal this year. A man more famed as an avid cycler in Nepal than a runner, he’s been training up and down Nepal’s toughest hills

Yam Rana, an ex Gurkha and the Area Welfare Officer in charge of our office in Syangja, Nepal. There’s almost no need for Yam to train as he spends hours walking every day to visit pensioners in the hills

How they met

Back in October 2017, Piers travelled with Charlie to Nepal to visit various projects with a view to supporting them into the future. John and Yam, who are based in Nepal, took Piers and Charlie to projects that they’ve been working on in the Manbu area, including Shree Bhawani Higher Secondary School.

After a hilly trek from Manbu, over a bridge to the River Buri in Gandaki and back again (handled with ease, I’m sure), the team started discussing challenges and activities they could take part in to raise money for the Trust and, naturally, Trailwalker was the popular choice.

The challenge

Piers and the team will have to walk, jog or run for 100km across the South Downs in an attempt of completing the event in under 30 hours. Starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the route will take them across the South Downs and will end on Brighton Racecourse.

It’s the first time that any of the four have taken on the Trailwalker challenge. They’re already working hard on their training schedule. We’ll be updating you on their progress every step of the way.

There’s no pressure, but the record stands at 9 hours 50 minutes by the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment in 2004. We’re pretty sure our fabulous team will come close to that.

To find out more or to sponsor the team, please visit their team’s JustGiving page.

Are you Trailwalker strong?

If you’re interested in taking part in Trailwalker UK, please click here. By signing up today you will be able to take advantage of our early bird offer of £200 per team.


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