Ex-Service man aims high – To walk 100k in 20 hours
10 January 2014 12:40
Nigel Evans, who served with the First Battalion The Light Infantry from 1986 for a number of years is aiming high, hoping to complete Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk in just 20 hours!
Having received £250 in sponsorship so far, Nigel says: "I am raising fund for ex service personnel injured whilst carrying out duty and whilst serving their country."
Nigel will be joining hundreds others in Blind Veterans UK's London to Brighton 100k walk to raise as much money possible to support our work with vision impaired ex-Service men and women.
Nigel says: "Quite a few of my friends from the Army are now suffering from sight loss, so it was really important to me that I did something to support Blind Veterans UK. "I like setting challenges for myself and I love the great outdoors - so when I heard about the 100k, it just seemed like such a great opportunity to do something meaningful and enjoy myself at the same time. "After leaving the Army, I started a career in mental health, so I understand what loss means to people. With sight loss in particular, you're having so much taken away from you and I don't believe that veterans should have to suffer blindness alone."
Nigel is already training for the event and has given up smoking in preparation: "Completing the trek in less than 24 hours would be fantastic, but I'm aiming for 20. As long as I can grab a kebab on the way, I'm confident of finishing it in good time."
Places for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June, are currently open, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, support from first aiders en route and a free event t-shirt.
The event is our biggest fundraising event 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 Brighton. For his challenge Nigel has set up his own Facebook page and Just Giving page. Take a look to see how you can support him and follow his preparations.