Surrey civil servant signs up to Blind Veterans UK’s 100k challenge

1 May 2015 12:00

A civil servant from Surrey has signed up for the second time to the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge, to walk between London and Brighton in under 24 hours.

In June last year, 43 year old Mark Coram from Warlingham, completed the walk as part of the Stride On Time team, raising more than £2,800 for Blind Veterans UK.

Blind Veterans UK provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including rehabilitation, training, welfare support, residential and respite care.

The 100k is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and challenges participants to complete the entire route between London and Brighton within 24 hours. People can take part in relay teams or individually.

Participants set off from south London, taking in the sights along the banks of the Thames and countryside of Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, finishing at Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre in Ovingdean.

Mark said "There is a strong military history in my family, and I have always supported military charities. The biggest challenge of the 100k isn't necessarily the distance, it's the time. You can't let your mind wander, concentration is the key. Having done it last year, the camaraderie was so good, it wasn't too difficult a decision to sign up again."

The 2015 100k event, which starts on Saturday 6 June, is set to be even bigger as Blind Veterans UK celebrates 100 years of service this year. New for the centenary year, participants can choose a 50k or 100k route, which they can walk or run.

Mark said "It is a fantastic challenge, well organised, well run and you make some great friends along the way. Blind Veterans UK does some fantastic work, and that is evident from the support the charity receives."

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 3,900 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.

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To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event click here