London bobbies to walk 100k
13 March 2014 15:05
Seven police officers from Woodford police station in Redbridge will complete the 100k trek from London to Brighton in aid of Blind Veterans UK from the 21-22 June 2014.
Sergeant Jez Tyler, who is leading the team in Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk, says: "I got a letter from Blind Veterans UK challenging me to take part in the event and thought it would be a great way to challenge myself and support the charity.
"I asked if anyone in my team wanted to do it and there were a lot of people who were really keen to support it - we very quickly had seven officers signed up for the event."
The group is planning to complete the entire 100k as a team and support each other through the challenge.
Tyler, who was in the Army and TA before becoming a police officer, says: "The level of commitment from my officers has been absolutely amazing - there's even one PC who's planning to do the whole 100k just two months after she's due to give birth!
"As police officers, we have a kind of empathy with the military - we have a similar sense of camaraderie and understand the importance of being able to trust that our colleagues have our backs.
"I think that the 100k isn't just going to be a fantastic way for us to test ourselves - it's also going to be a great team-building exercise and it'll be good for team morale."
Places for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are currently available, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The all inclusive 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 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.
To sponsor the team, please visit their Just Giving page and show your support by donating. For more information about the 100k hike and about Blind Veterans UK's work read our 100k related blogs or secure your place by registering today!