100K walk - the route from London to Brighton
22 November 2013 11:25
This memorable 24 hours will take you from London, walking through the trail footpaths of Surrey and Sussex to a momentous finish 100 kilometres later!
This 100k route from London to Brighton is unique to Blind Veterans UK and we have tried to make it as off-road and scenic as possible to make the walk enjoyable for our participants. There are even Royal British Legion riders and Army pace walkers who will be on route to offer support and much needed encouragement.
Your epic journey will begin on Saturday 21 June 2014 at Hammersmith and Fulham Rugby Club in Putney, South West London. Walkers set off in three groups at 10am, 11am or midday, in anticipation of the adventure lying ahead. Following a briefing from the events organisers and from the army pace walkers, a blind veteran will talk about how much the money they have raised will help to support other members such as themselves.
You will leave the busy city behind you and head south, along the banks of the Thames and start to head in to more rural surroundings. You will then march along the Wandle Trail which is popular with walkers and cyclists alike. There are plenty of semi-rural parklands as well as the Carshalton Ponds and Wilderness Island. After stopping at Oaks Park for the first refreshment stop, walkers make their way in to the North Downs and head towards Godstone. It is a lot more rural around here and walkers follow the public footpaths and the pretty village green.
You will be able to enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup at the pit stop in Godstone before walking through South Park Farm - the first of many farms! - and through mainly fields before reaching the next rest stop at Imberhorne School. You'll have a chance to have a proper sit down here and tuck in to some hot food, chat to your fellow walkers and take stock of the first half of the walk you have completed. Only 50k to go! It will be dark by this point so the glowsticks are vital here and walkers group together to boost morale and motivate each other to walk through the night.
Following the hedgerows, you will make your way down to Sharpthorne (another refreshment stop here) and through fields and then on to the West Sussex Border Path. Watch out for the bee hives as you walk past the lakes in the direction of Horsted Keynes village. Continuing along the path, you will reach Scaynes Hill where you will be very pleased to be offered a bacon bap and a cup of tea!
The walk travels through the Sussex countryside down to Plumpton which takes you through the South Downs and an opportunity to take in some beautiful scenery. This is your last chance to rest before finding the energy and determination needed to get you to the finish line. The last leg goes through farm tracks, public footpaths and Falmer village green and pond when the end is almost in sight.
The sea comes view as you approach the finish line at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Ovingdean. Walkers are greeted by members from Blind Veterans UK ringing a bell to congratulate them for their huge achievement, volunteers cheering and place a medal around their necks. Our walkers will be feeling euphoric and will be greeted by proud members of family and friends. There will of course be some welcome food and drink await for all walkers to celebrate their achievement, together with a well earned massage!
We are so very grateful to every one of our challengers and we will be here every step of the way to support you, including:
• Regular updates from Blind Veterans UK, including event information, fundraising support, training tips and offers
• Online members area on the event website
• Training guides and pre-event training talk from our International Endurance Training Coach
• Pre event challenge briefing in London
• Hot food and drink at 3 points on the route
• Signed and marshalled route with full event support
• Drinks and snacks along the route
• High quality medical and logistical support
• Route and map cards
Visit our dedicated 100K website to find out more about the event and how sponsorship helps support vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. The stories from past challengers might even provide the insiration for you to take up the challenge.