Inglorious Blisterds | Trailwalker 2014:
We did it. 100km in under 30 hours as a team. A combined team age of over 200. A foot-battering flinty trail. The hottest day of the year. An unexpected brush with hyperthermia. Walking through the night, dealing with walker’s delirium. We did it.
Despite early-stage hyperthermia, we managed to cool Bob down, and keep going as a team. Despite all of us battering our feet and joints on that trail, we managed to keep moving, and keep going as a team.
We watched the Gurkha teams run by us, comforted by the fact that in our national arsenal, we have these guys. Some of them finished the event, and still had time and energy to go back to checkpoints to serve us our dinners. Team Doko RAN the trail, carrying baskets with a head-strap, containing 25kgs of rocks. They organised the event brilliantly (as always), and the Signals produced an amazing curry at the finishing-line at Brighton Racecourse (as always).
An amazing weekend with good friends, an incredible support-team (thanks, Mark, Sophie, Caroline - and Caroline’s incredible horse-van!) that made our endurance event comfortable.
So. I’ve completed the wettest Trailwalker, and now the hottest. I’ll take heat over rain and mud every time. One day, I’ll do it in perfect conditions. But whatever the case, every Trailwalker I’ve done has been with brilliant people, supported by brilliant people, and for two brilliant causes - Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
We came 116th - out of 350. Not shabby.
Who’s coming with me next year?