Former Police Constable to run 100k in 16 hours for military charity

1 April 2015 10:46

A former Police Officer from North Yorkshire will be running a 100k this June for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Nicky Pearse, 48 years old and from Scarborough, decided to take on the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge and complete the route in 16 hours to test her personal fitness.

Nicky will be running in memory of her father who passed away last year. He served in the Royal Air Force for 30 years and worked his way up from Corporal to Warrant Officer.

Nicky says: "Both my parents were in the RAF so I think it's fitting to do the 100k for Blind Veterans UK. I know that my father will be watching over me and will be so proud."

She adds: "I feel everyone who has served their country deserves to be looked after, however, often families cannot provide the specialist care a charity like Blind Veterans UK can provide. If I can support Blind Veterans UK in even a small way like running a 100k, then it's my honour to do that."

Nicky joined the Met Police in 1987. Later she moved to North Yorkshire where she served from 1991 until 1999 and she now works as a personal trainer and will be testing her fitness level by completing the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge in 16 hours.

Nicky says: "After talking to people I think I may have become a little over excited and carried away with my goal. But I am still aiming to complete it in 16 hours which should be possible by training hard for the next few months."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 6th June, is currently open with a registration fee of £50 per participant for the 50km or £75 for the 100km. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £120. 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.

Nicky says: "If you've always wanted to challenge yourself and do a 100k, go for it! Better to do it and feel that satisfaction at the end than never try it and go through life thinking what if."

Blind Veterans UK needs 500 people 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

To support Nicky as she tackles the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge, please visit