Somerset ex-soldier tackles 100k walk again for military charity
3 March 2015 17:37
A former soldier from Somerset is calling on others to join him as he prepares to tackle a 100k walk this June for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Matt Cormack, 28 and from Yeovil, signed up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge after participating in the same challenge last year. Unfortunately, he had to abandon his previous attempt due to an injury but this year he is determined to finish it.
Matt served in the Army from 2007 to 2013 in the Royal Logistical Corps as a driver. He went on operational tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Matt also served with the Queens Guard for six months and is currently considering joining the Army Reserve.
Matt says: "It is because of my military background that I want to raise vital funds for Blind Veterans UK. I believe that veterans deserve just as much support as they received while they were serving."
Matt signed up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k in 2014 after a friend inspired him to challenge himself. Due to an injury Matt had to pull out after 50k. This year he is training harder to make sure he will finish the 100k.
Matt says: "I'm wearing in my boots for the 100k. It's great because I know what to expect, I only hope the weather and atmosphere will be as amazing as it was last year."
Registration for the 100k, 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.
Matt says: "It is a great event and the volunteers were friendly. I would encourage everyone to sign up as there's nothing to worry about and it's for a great cause."
Blind Veterans UK needs 500 people 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 www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.
To support Matt as he tackles the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/matthew-cormack100kwalk.