Oxfam Trailwalker 2015

Grovelands’ IT manager, Dan Boteler, will be embarking on the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge in July. Grovelands is sponsoring Dan and his group ‘Sole Survivors’.

Oxfam Trailwalker charity trek
Over 550 teams, 100km across the South Downs, ascents the equivalent of Ben Nevis and Snowdon combined, and an average time of 27 hours to complete! Also known as the Oxfam Trailwalker.

Grovelands have kindly sponsored myself and three others to complete the 2015 Oxfam Trailwalker challenge. The event takes place on the weekend of the 25th / 26th of July and essentially involves walking from Portsmouth to Brighton across the South Downs Way.

Between now and the event we will be posting regular blogs to keep you updated with how we are doing with training, coping with the blisters, and raising sponsorship.

First of all I would like to introduce the team called Sole Survivors, we have:

SoleSurvivors2 copy– Dan Boteler (me), I’ve worked at Grovelands for three and a half years, and completing the Brighton marathon a few years ago is the closest I’ve come to anything like this level of challenge
– Alexandra Perrin (my fiancée), this is the first challenge of its kind that Alex will have taken part in. Nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end!
– Samantha Perrin (Alex’s sister), Sami did the Brighton Half marathon earlier this year and is a regular gym goer so will find this a breeze!
– Jason Remington (Alex & Sami’s uncle), Jason owns a joinery business called Beechwood Joinery Southern Ltd and is looking to push the team into a record breaking time.

As a team we are aiming for a slightly better than average time of 25 hours, and are looking to raise at least £1,500 in sponsorship for Oxfam who are currently heavily involved in supporting the people severely affected by the recent tragic earthquakes in Nepal.

The weekend just gone was our first training session; we were extremely lucky with the weather and completed an 8 mile walk from Standen House to Kingscote Station in 2 hours and 25 minutes. It was really useful to complete our first walk as a team, it enabled us to set a sensible pace that we could all walk to and highlighted the fact that we need to improve our map reading skills before the big day!

SoleSurvivors copy I was slightly concerned when I got back home following the walk and felt reasonably tired, this 8 mile walk was a mere 13% of what we need to do in the day. The thought of doing that walk a further 7 times without sleeping scares me somewhat, we certainly need to pack in the training over the next 2 months. Have we started too late?!

 

We have now booked in regular training sessions over the next couple of months, and we’re also holding fundraising events which I will keep you updated with.

Please look out for further blogs and wish us good luck.

If anyone fancies sponsoring us then please do so via our JustGiving page.

Thank you.

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