Kent ex-soldier takes on 100k walk for military charity

1 May 2015 12:38

An ex-soldier from Kent is taking on a 100k walk for Blind Veterans UK and is hoping to break his 2014 record of 21 hours 18 minutes.

Gary Robinson, 54 and from Tunbridge Wells, decided to sign up again after successfully completing the Blind Veterans UK 100k in 2014 and raising £1700 for the charity.

Gary says: "I am looking at knocking of at least the 18 minutes this year, however, as long as I complete the course in under the 24hrs I would still be happy. I see this as a challenge to myself. This is by no means an easy task, but hopefully the will power and pig headiness will see me through once again."

Gary served in the Army from 1978 until 1990 in the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. He worked on the Main Battle Tank and served in West Germany, Canada, Northern Ireland and the UK.

Because of his military background, Gary wanted to give back to a military charity and chose to fundraise for Blind Veterans UK.

Gary says: "The support Blind Veterans UK provides to ex-Service men and women with sight loss is incredible. It's great to support such a worthy cause once again."

Gary is looking forward to the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge and hopes everything will go as well as last year.

Gary says: "The atmosphere last year was really great and pushed me to try my hardest. I was also well prepared, walking in my boots and had some energy gels which seemed to do trick. I hope that this year that'll be enough!"

Registration for the walk, 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.

He says: "I can recommend this challenge to anyone. The 50k option means that even this close to the event you have enough time to train and prepare."

Blind Veterans UK needs as many people as possible 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