Health and safety adviser from Yorkshire to take on mammoth 100k challenge
27 February 2017 11:00
A man from North Yorkshire is training to compete in a 100k walk across the Yorkshire Dales for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Mark Limon, 57 and from Eston, works as a health and safety adviser in the Care Home Industry, following more than 30 years’ experience in shipyards and steel works. He came across the event after he began researching various extreme physical challenges. He says: “I’m a reasonably fit guy and for the past few years I’ve completed the National 3 Peaks, but this year I quite fancied trying something different. I walk quite a lot as it is, but never, ever something on this scale!” Mark’s decision to walk on behalf of Blind Veterans UK stems in part from the years of military service completed by those closest to him. He says: “My Father served in the Navy for seven years, my Nephew in the Air Force for twelve and my niece in the Army for ten. My Nephew-in-law is currently serving as a Captain in the Medical Corp, so it’s safe to say that I come from quite an active military family. I’m aware of the work the charity does in helping blind veterans regain independence, so I was happy to help in any way I could.”
Mark, whose gruesome training schedule has so far seen him take on walks of up to 30k while carrying weighted backpacks, is nervous but ultimately excited by what promises to be a fantastic occasion. He says: “I’ll be 58 by the time the event comes round I should probably know better, but I’m a naturally competitive person and I like to push myself as much as possible. It’d be great to finish in under 24 hours, but I’m not stressing too much, I’d just like to finish it!”
Mark, who’s confident his sponsorship network will help him raise far beyond the minimum £300 fundraising pledge, is keen to encourage anyone interested to sign up. He says: “All I’d say to anyone considering taking part is just do it! You know you want to, it’ll be tough, but definitely worth it.”
Registration for the 100k is currently open with a registration fee of £62.50 for the 100k. 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. You can find out more information and sign up at blindveterans.org.uk/100k.
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.
To support Mark as he takes on the 100k for Blind Veterans UK, please visit justgiving.com/marklimon.