Walking a 100k not enough for Brighton man

21 December 2015

A woman from Somerset is set to walk a 100k from London to Brighton next July for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Photo of fundraiser Steph and a male friend wearing caps

Stephanie, 27 and from Taunton, signed up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge because she feels passionate about raising money for the military charity. Her husband, Greg, is currently serving in the Royal Marines.

Stephanie says: "When I first heard of the challenge I didn't make the link that Blind Veterans UK was formerly called St Dunstan's as it's something my grandparents used to mention. When I looked into the charity I realised what a worthwhile cause it was and signed up for their 100k challenge.

"I think it's incredibly important to support military charities. While sight loss doesn't directly affect our family, I think the work Blind Veterans UK do is important and needs all the support it can get."

Stephanie is a walking enthusiast and has previously attempted similar events to the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge though this will be the first time she'll attempts 100 kilometres.

Stephanie says: "I used to be overweight and used walking as a way to get fit. I like to set myself challenges and love walking long distances while discovering new places.

"The best part about challenges like the 100k is to meet new people who are as passionate as you are about both the event and the charity you're fundraising for."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open until 31 December 2015 with an early bird registration fee of £50 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 £100. 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.

Stephanie says: "I'm really looking forward to the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge from London to Brighton as I don't know the route at all and cannot wait to explore it."