A group of adventurous and big-hearted locals, Robert Bennett, Andy Connor, Iain McArthur and Pete Swatton, have dusted off their hiking boots to take on Oxfam Trailwalker, a fundraising event on South Downs Way, where teams of four walk 100 kilometres in less than 30 hours to challenge themselves and challenge poverty.
Local team, Strolling Under the Influence, has already started training for the walk and raising funds to support Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust. The team has organised a family fun day on the June 24 at the Apple Tree in Haslemere to give fundraising a boost and would encourage everyone to come along and join us.
“We decided to enter Trailwalker in January,” said team member Andy. “None of us have done anything like this but somehow Robert managed to persuade us and now we’re really looking forward to it.”
“The family fun day at the Apple Tree will be a great day,” said Pete. “There will be a BBQ, a bouncy castle, face painting and some spectacular music from Martin Harley, Ukejam, Slack Maverick and more.”
Oxfam Trailwalker will take place on July 29 and 30, starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield. While physically challenging, you don’t have to be ultra-fit to enter.
“Our training routine involves lots of walking but like many of the other participants we’re not athletes – we’re out to have fun, challenge ourselves and raise money for Oxfam’s work while we’re at it,” said Iain.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the four of us to do this together” agreed Robert. “We’ve all had to take time away from our families, work and commitments to train for this so we’ll be giving it our best shot.”
To support the team head along to the Apple Tree on June 24 from 1pm or visit their fundraising page on https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/strollingundertheinfluence . You can also donate using your phone by texting SUTI65 £10 to 70070 to donate £10.