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Trailwalker 2019 – Success for the Queen’s Gurkha Signals

24th September 2019

Last weekend saw Trailwalker 2019 take place. This is a 100km trek across the South Downs and must be completed in under 30 hours.

All profits raised go towards ending poverty through Oxfam and Gurkha Welfare Trust. Organised between Oxfam and the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, Trailwalker is a unique opportunity to put your mind and body to the test. Your team of four must prove they are fit enough and tough enough to take on route.

The top three teams for 2019 were:

  • Queen’s Gurkha Signals Blue Team
  • 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles Team
  • Queen’s Gurkha Signals Red team

The route. Starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park early on Saturday morning, the Trailwalker route takes you along the stunning and historical South Downs Way to the finish line at Brighton Racecourse. You will pass through 9 checkpoints along the course. The distance between the checkpoints varies from 6-13km.

The History of Trailwalker. Exercise TRAILWALKER started out as a military training exercise in Hong Kong in 1981. Organised by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, and taking place along the famous Maclehose Trail, the exercise sought to test the endurance and teamwork of soldiers of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals over a long and arduous course.

In 1986, Trailwalker was opened to civilian participation for the first time, and now, following the move of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals to the UK, the 100k event takes place across the South Downs, with hundreds of civilians setting off alongside the Gurkhas.

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