Ex-Royal Signals Soldier signs up for summer's toughest trek

7 February 2013 10:00

Ex-Royal Signals Physical Training Instructor, Claire Allsop has signed up for Blind Veterans UK's biggest fundraiser of the year!

Ex-Royal Signals Physical Training Instructor, Claire Allsop has decided to take on summer's toughest trek to raise money for Blind Veterans UK.

Lines are now open for people to sign up for this year's 100k London to Brighton walk in aid of blind veterans, which is the our biggest fundraiser.

Over a gruelling 24 hour period it 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, and ends at our centre in Ovingdean, Brighton where much deserved food and drink await all.

Claire Allsop, born in Doncaster and now living in Surrey, has already got her place and is raring to go. Claire served in the Royal Corps of Signals for eight years, from the age of 17 to 25, and as a result has a strong attachment to the Armed Forces.

Claire said: "As a former soldier, it seems natural for me to support a military charity. I have been so impressed by Blind Veterans UK's dedication and the personal touch that they show to their fundraisers. Having looked into the work they do I know that they provide fantastic support to blind veterans."

Blind Veterans UK encourage people to walk in pairs and groups, which is exactly what Claire is going to do. Claire will walk alongside six other women who are also from the Windsor, Ascot and Chertsey area in a team they have named the 'Military Workout Warriors'.

Claire, who set up Military Workout, which teaches outdoor, bootcamp style group fitness classes all year round, said: "We are a team of seven ladies who are serious about fitness, but above all, who love having fun whilst training. This challenge seemed right for us as it is a real test of character, hard work and dedication, but above all teamwork. We all aim to complete the whole distance of 100k within 24 hours as one team. Hell Yeah!".

Tracy Stratford, Senior Events Officer at Blind Veterans UK, said: "We are so very grateful to every one of our challengers and we will be here every step of the way to support them. This includes sending our walkers regular updates, extensive event information, fundraising support, training tips and guides, and much needed hot food and drinks on the day.

"The walk is not just a good way of doing something very strenuous and amazing for charity, it also takes place in the sunshine, in one of the most beautiful parts of the country".

The 100K London to Brighton 24 hour walk will take place between Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2013. If you would like to take part in the fun and do something amazing for charity, then contact Jackson at Blind Veterans UK for more information on 0207 6167927, or go to

To support Claire Allsop visit her Just Giving page or to find out more about Claire's business, visit Military Workout.