London local tackles Blind Veterans UK's flagship event

15 October 2013 14:15

Edwina Roberts took part in the annual trek, which is our biggest fundraiser, in 2012.

Edwina Roberts, an Islington local is encouraging all to sign up for a 24 hour 100K London to Brighton trek in aid of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind ex-Service men and women.

Edwina Roberts took part in the annual trek, which is our biggest fundraiser, in 2012. The walk takes participants from south London, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, and ends at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Ovingdean, Brighton. Blind Veterans UK challenges walkers to complete the route in 24 hours, with the event taking place over a weekend in late June. Edwina, whose team raised an impressive £2000 tells us about her experience:

"Having family and friends in the Armed Forces, who have both served in past conflicts and are currently serving overseas, I was inspired to take part in Blind Veterans UK's 100K walk. After all, how hard could it be, compared to the privations they have to endure?

"Having completed the 100K in 22 hours 42 minutes! I can only attest to what an incredible experience it was. Of course, nowhere near as tough as challenges service men and women face on a daily basis, but a massive trial nonetheless and one I would recommend to all."

Edwina completed the walk as part of a team alongside three ex-submariners. Blind Veterans UK encourages people to tackle the walk in groups as well as in relay teams of four (with each walker completing 25K) and two (with each walker completing 50K).

Edwina says: "We egged each other on, telling stories and jokes and singing songs to pass the time. As one friend hauled me over a muddy ditch in the dead of night, as another offered me his last fruit pastille and as the third said, as I struggled towards the end "we make it to the finish line together, no-one gets left behind", I realised that teamwork was at the heart of what made the whole experience so special for me.

"It felt like a great achievement and I would recommend 100 walk to anyone! (Oh, and one year on, my feet have just about recovered....!)".

Blind Veterans UK is offering an early bird discount for those who sign up for our walk before 31 October 2013. Taking place over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014, the early bird offer means that the cost of a space is £75 per person or £100 per relay team. Blind Veterans UK is also introducing two man relay teams so that for the first time people will be able to take part in twos and walking 50km of the trek each.

The entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, first aiders en route as well as a free event t-shirt.

To find out more and to sign up for Blind Veterans UK's London to Brighton walk, visit the walk100 website.