Final Countdown to Trailwalker Challenge

The Trailwalker Challenge 2015 is fast approaching, and Dan and his team ‘Sole Survivors’ are squeezing in some final training before the trek.

Grovelands is sponsoring Dan Boteler and his team ‘Sole Survivors’ to take part in Oxfam’s Trailwalker Challenge, where they will be walking a mammoth 100km across the South Downs.

White tshirt with the Grovelands logo on itThe past week has been a successful one; I’ve attended a beautiful wedding, one of my dearest friends gave birth to a baby boy, Sole Survivors completed the longest training walk to date, and our Grovelands sponsored team t-shirts have arrived!

Last Sunday we walked for 7.5 hours and managed to cover the distance of 24 miles. We joined the South Downs Way north of Hangleton and walked East past Devils Dyke and Ditchling Beacon, once we had been walking in that direction for just under 4 hours we turned around and retraced our steps.

Unfortunately the weather was pretty horrible; the sideways rain was a challenge for much of the walk! Although, this did give us the opportunity to test our wet weather clothing.

We also used this walk to trial the walking poles, surprisingly we’re all converted and think they’re a great help.

If we have worked out correctly then a large chunk of the walk we completed on Sunday will be done in the dark during the main event, which is a shame as some of the views of Ditchling Beacon were very impressive:

trailwalker-group

On completion of the walk we all had a few blisters and achy legs, but on the whole we were in a pretty good condition. The main issue seemed to be with Oli’s new walking trainers, which he was convinced were causing him to get blisters. This became highly amusing to the rest of the team when he proceeded to remove trainers and socks to find not a blister in sight.

4 individuals taking part on the trailwalker challengeWe got our official start time through this week; we will be leaving Portsmouth at 06:00 on Saturday the 25th. We’re all very happy with this time as we want to get away as soon as possible, however our support crew aren’t too impressed as this means they need to pick our camping equipment up from us (in Portsmouth) at 05:30!

We’re pleased to say our fundraising is still going well, we have some sponsorship to add to our JustGiving page which will take us to £1,100 raised to date.

We only have one more training walk, scheduled for next week in the evening. We want to do a short one in order to get used to walking in the dark.

– Dan Boteler

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