Trailwalker 2016

The annual Trailwalker event took place over the weekend of the 23-24th July 2016.  The event sees teams of four from across the British public, as well as from Gurkha and military units, attempt to cover 100km, with various ascents and descents, across the South Downs in less than 30 hours.

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The winners were from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles for the third year in a row! They finished with a breath-taking time of 11 hours and 4 minutes.

1 RGR Team - winners for the the third year running
1 RGR Team – winners for the third year running. They finished the course in 11 hours 04 minutes.

This year, a record-breaking 1,800 people took part in what was a fabulous Trailwalker thanks to the atmosphere and the glorious sunshine that beamed down on everyone. The trail began in Petersfield and ended in Brighton. Along the route were various checkpoints where competitors could stock up on food, replenish themselves with water, get medical attention for those dreaded blisters and maybe even get a massage!

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A Gurkha Piper played at the start point and Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson gave some words of encouragement prior to the first start time at 0600hrs on Saturday morning. Gurkhas continued to encourage all those taking part along the route and Gurkha chefs provided a traditional Gurkha curry (dal bhat) at the final checkpoint.

At a checkpoint setup like a Nepali village. Contestants are entertained by Gurkha soldiers.
At a checkpoint set up like a Nepali village – the Oxfam staff are entertained by Gurkha soldiers.

Trailwalker was originally a Gurkha training exercise, but it has taken on a much larger profile over the last 30 years since it opened its doors to civilians. Its primary aim is to raise money for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust. The event is largely organised by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals and this year over £500,000 was raised in aid of the two charities.

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The Brigade would like to thank all those who took part and for those who helped to organise this hugely fun, yet important event. Long may this wonderful tradition continue.

The question on everyone’s mind is: Who can stop 1 RGR next year?

The challenge has been set, now it is up to the other units to plan their strategies….

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Photo credit thanks to: The Gurkha Welfare Trust, BFBS and QOGLR.  A photo gallery shall be posted in due course.

The leaderboard results were as follows:

Location Pos Team Time Elapsed Category
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 1 004 1 RGR Team B 17:04 11:04
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 2 005 10 QOGLR 17:14 11:14
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 3 011 11 SR (QGS) 17:49 11:49
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 4 183 Ishwor 20:45 12:45
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 5 270 QOGLR Mix Team 19:15 13:15
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 6 068 BALARAM 19:27 13:27
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 7 184 ITC GURKHA COMPANY CATTERICK 19:50 13:50
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 8 028 246 Wala 20:59 13:59
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 9 324 Team CLM 20:36 14:36
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 10 136 Ealing French Trailer 21:44 14:44
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 10 442 Worthy Down Warriors 21:44 14:44
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 12 025 22 SR support squadron 20:47 14:47
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 13 453 Gurkha Pilgrims 21:53 14:53
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 14 447 (789) 21:55 14:55
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 15 268 QGS 2 21:13 15:13
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 16 230 NATO’s little secret 21:16 15:16
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 17 099 Burgers WITH Cheese 23:28 15:28
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 18 348 THE ARRC WARRIOR 23:30 15:30
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 19 450 (803) 23:33 15:33
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 19 343 Team Winged Lion 21:33 15:33
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 21 014 15 Signal Regiment Team C 23:11 16:11
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 22 316 TCC 95 B 22:25 16:25
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 23 015 17 port and maritime Team 2 23:28 16:28
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 24 452 10 QOGLR C 22:29 16:29
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 25 251 Orang Tua 23:42 16:42
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 26 428 Warminster Gurkhas 00:58 16:58
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 27 441 Wobbly plodders 23:32 17:32
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 28 041 3 RSME REGT 01:36 17:36
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 28 023 22 Sig Regt RHQ 23:36 17:36
Finish – Brighton Racecourse 30 008 10th Signal Regiment 01:48 17:48