Brighton former soldier to tackle 100k for military charity calls on others to join him

1 April 2015 12:17

An former soldier from East Sussex is taking on a 100k walk for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, and is calling on others to join him.

Andrew Rolston, 50 and from Brighton, was inspired to sign up after he saw several veterans training for the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge. Now, he himself trains several times a week together with his dog Lieutenant Colonel Robert Touser - Bob for short.

Andrew says: "I've done ultra distance running in the past. Unfortunately, I cannot run anymore but I can walk. This challenge is exactly what I like to do."

Andrew served in the Army from 1984 until 1992. He was part of the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Unit, Parachute Regiment and served in Northern Ireland. Later he rejoined the Army and worked as an MT Driver in the Logistics Corps.

Because of his military background, Andrew wanted to give back to a military charity and chose to fundraise for Blind Veterans UK.

Andrew says: "The support Blind Veterans UK provides to ex-Service men and women with sight loss is incredible. It's great to support such a worthy cause."

Andrew is looking forward to participating in the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge and hopes to complete it in 19 hours.

Andrew says: "With previous running events I did the surroundings pass you by. I hope to enjoy the views on the 100k and the fun atmosphere."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 6th June, is currently open with a registration fee of £35 per participant for the 50km or £50 for the 100km. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £100. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

The event is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

Andrew says: "I encourage everyone to sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge. Yes, it's a challenge, but you never know what you're capable of unless you give it a go."

Blind Veterans UK needs as many people as possible to take part in the 100k, which will help the charity to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 4,000 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit