Olympians and Paralympians call on public to sign up for ultimate fitness challenge

Olympians and Paralympians call on public to sign up for ultimate fitness challenge

Four Olympic and Paralympic athletes are calling on the public to put themselves to the ultimate fitness challenge and sign up for Blind Veterans UK’s 100k Walk.
The athletes are supporting the 24-hour London-to-Brighton 100k walk to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.
David Clarke, Britain’s most capped blind footballer, will be participating in the walk to raise money for the charity. David, who lit the Paralympic cauldron two years ago at the London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony, says: “I’m proud to be participating in Blind Veterans UK’s 100k London to Brighton Walk from Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd June.
“I’ll be joining several of the visually impaired ex-Service men and women supported by Blind Veterans UK on the walk and I am looking forward to raising money for this great charity alongside them.

“Like those supported by Blind Veterans UK, I understand the impact that a visual impairment can have on a person’s life – and the drive to make sure that blindness doesn’t stop you from aspiring to achieve great things and succeeding at what you love.”

Also endorsing the 100k Walk is Gold medal-winning Olympic rower Captain Heather Stanning MBE. Heather, who is currently serving as part of British Army contingent in Afghanistan, said: “I’m supporting Blind Veterans UK’s 100k not only as a serving member of the Royal Artillery, but also as an athlete.
“It’s comforting to know that Blind Veterans UK will be there for colleagues if they become visually impaired – and that support will be offered whether or not sight loss is because of injuries sustained in the field.”
Gold-medal winning Olympian and sports personality Sally Gunnell, who is also a patron of British Blind Sport, has lent her support to the event, saying: “As an Olympic athlete and a motivational speaker, I’ve always been an advocate for events in aid of a great cause.
“Blind Veterans UK’s 100k Walk provides a great way for people to challenge themselves, get out there and get fit, while helping those who have served our country and now suffer from sight loss.”

Partially-sighted Paralympic sprinter David Devine, who won two Bronze medals during the 2012 Paralympics, said; “It is great that so many people will be taking part in Blind Veterans UK’s 100k 24 hour Walk this June. It’ll be a gruelling challenge, and I’m sure won’t come without a few blisters along the way!

“However, the results that will come of the efforts of the people participating will be felt right across the UK. As someone with a sight impairment, I have a huge respect for Blind Veterans UK’s valuable work and I’d urge the public to support this worthy cause.”

Places for Blind Veterans UK’s 100k Walk, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are currently available, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The all inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, support from first aiders en route and a free event t-shirt.
The event is Blind Veterans UK’s biggest annual fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south 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.
David Clarke is available to interview about the 100k challenge.
Sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k Walk at http://walk100.org.uk/sign-up/