Doncaster paralegal to take on mammoth 100 km challenge for our charity

23 January 2017 15:00

A woman from Doncaster is training to take on a 100 kilometre walk across the Yorkshire Dales for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Tracy Ford, 38, will be embarking on the challenge for the second time, having previously taken part last year in what was the challenge’s inaugural year. 

Photo of volunteer Tracy Ford and a friend on the 100k challengeUnfortunately, a badly hurt ankle suffered in the run up meant Tracy was unable to finish the route. Despite the injury, she was able to still cover an incredible 60 kilometres, and is determined to finish this year’s course in its entirety. She says: “This year, I’ll be starting my training even earlier to make sure I arrive at the starting line in the best possible shape. The focus is mainly on completing it, but ideally we’d like to finish it in under 24 hours!”

Tracy, who has a number of friends in the military, was keen to help increase awareness of Blind Veterans UK and the work they do in supporting blind and vision-impaired veterans. She says: “Despite the incredible work they do, there are still people who seem to have never heard of Blind Veterans UK. I personally like to steer toward the charities which perhaps don’t have the biggest profile in the world, that way they can get the recognition they truly deserve.”

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 1 July, is currently open with a registration fee of £62.50 for the 100km. For those not wanting to walk the full distance there is also a relay option available for teams of four walking 25k each. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £110. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

This year, the 100k Yorkshire will follow a stunning new circular route, which starts and finishes in Darley in the beautiful Nidderdale. From there the route follows the River Nidd, goes onto Brimham Rocks, and past Ripley Castle. Trek through the dramatic rural Yorkshire landscape. 

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