Surrey RAF man calls on all to tackle summer’s toughest trek
6 December 2013 16:15
A former RAF service man from Addlestone, Surrey is urging all to sign up for a strenuous 100K London to Brighton walk in aid of Blind Veterans UK.
Bill Clayton, 43 who works as an IT Alliance Manager, is gearing up to join other courageous walkers in tackling the mammoth walk which will take place over a weekend in June 2014. The charity challenges participants to complete the 100K (62 mile) walk in just 24 hours, meaning that the brave participants must walk throughout the night.
The challenge 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, and ended at the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton where much deserved food and drink await all.
Bill Clayton signed up for the RAF soon after leaving school and served for total of 7 years. Describing the experience as "the best years of his life" for the like minded people he met, the discipline it taught him and the new skills he developed, he feels a strong connection to the military family and was keen to do a fundraising challenge in aid of a military charity.
Bill says: "I feel really passionately about supporting blind veterans which is why taking part in this walk made a lot of sense to me. So many people have been injured in Afghanistan for instance and I feel that it's very important that the charities out there which help them get as much support as they possibly can.
"The ad for the walk popped up on Facebook and I just thought if I don't do it now I never will. I liked the sound of it straight away, could see that it was for a very worthy cause and thought well I am training for a half marathon the moment anyway so it seemed to me a good time for me to take part."
Registration is now open for next year's 100K London to Brighton 24 hour walk. It will take place between Saturday 21 June and Sunday 22 June 2014.