Retired Lieutenant from Berkshire to walk 100k for military charity
4 May 2016 15:58
Adrian Smythe, 42, from Slough, Berkshire will be walking 100 kilometres from London to Brighton this July in aid of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Living in the UK since January 2000, Adrian feels strongly about supporting Blind Veterans UK after serving in the South African Army for seven years.
Grandson of Victoria Cross recipient, Sergeant Quentin Smythe VC, Adrian served in the South African army on the Mozabique border from 1993 to 1999. He left as a full Lieutenant before moving to the UK.
Adrian says: "Due to injury, I didn't complete the endurance test of the Officer's training. I now want to take on the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge to prove to myself I am fit, and complete it in under 20 hours."
Adrian is eager to support Blind Veterans UK as he is inspired by the veterans the charity supports.
Adrian says: "Blind people have to deal with real challenges and I can imagine it's quite a battle coming to terms with the fact you won't be able to see anymore.
"Having grown up in an amazing place, and having two beautiful young children, I shudder at the thought of never being able to see again. It would be heart-breaking."
Now Adrian is putting his best foot forward (again and again) in the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge from London to Brighton where he'll get to walk alongside the veterans the charity supports.
Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open with a registration fee of £75 for the 100km. 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 £120. 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.
The London to Brighton 100k challenge is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes participants from a starting point in south west 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 sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k, please visit blindveterans.org.uk/100k.