Surrey work friends to take on 100 km walk for military charity

29 February 2016 10:40

Two work friends from Surrey are taking on a 100 kilometre walk from London to Brighton for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Chris Garwood, 45 from Guildford, and Aaron, 29 from Haslemere, both work at Sky and they will be walking the Blind Veterans UK 100k together while raising as much money as possible for the charity.

Chris says: "The 100k London to Brighton is not going to be easy and it will be the biggest challenge I've ever done but Aaron and I want to give back to veterans who served our country."

Chris feels strongly about raising money for Blind Veterans UK as he served in the Armed Forces. He joined the Territorial Army in 1987 when he was just 17 years old. He served in the Princess of Wales regiment for six years and left as a Lance Corporal.

Chris has previously taken on walking and running challenges but never one as tough as the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton. He's previously walked 68 miles across Namibia in four days and goes out walking often.

Chris says: "I'm excited as this the Blind Veterans UK 100k event is going to be the biggest challenge I've ever done. It's not going to be easy and I think the night part is going to be a challenge but I'm sure with lots of training everything will work out."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open with a 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.

Chris says: "I don't really know the area so there be lots of things to see and together with the other participants we'll enjoy every step of the way and support each other if it gets tough."

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