SNAPSHOT: Toughest of the tough

An event begun by Gurkha soldiers in Hong Kong in 1981 as a training exercise to test endurance and encourage teamwork was recreated in England this month to raise more than £100,000 for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Trailwalker UK requires teams of four to cover a 100km course across the South Downs in less than 30 hours. More than 500 people from eight countries walked and ran day and night, with the winning team from the Queens Gurkha Logistic Regiment (pictured) completing the course in 10 hours and six minutes. The average time for the 120 participating teams was close to 24 hours, with each team raising at least £1,000. Participants came from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Europe to help the Gurkha Welfare Trust, which helps Gurkha ex-servicemen and their families in Nepal.

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