Next month four members from pocket-lint.co.uk, one of the leading gadget news and reviews websites in the UK will test their endurance against the renowned Gurkha soldiers.
Trailwalker UK, which takes place on 17 and 18 July 2004, requires teams of four to cover a 100km course across the South Downs in less than 30 hours in order to raise money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Pocket-lint.co.uk's team, called H.A.M.S is made up of editor Stuart Miles, and writers Chris Hall, Gareth Allen and Andy Smith and derives its name from their surnames.
“We all enjoy a challenge. With Trailwalker the challenge is both physical and mental, and we must work together as a team to achieve it. We get to test our bodies and minds while at the same time raising money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.” Says Chris Hall.
Trailwalker was started by Gurkha soldiers in Hong Kong in 1981 as a training exercise to test endurance and encourage teamwork. The teams of four can be male, female, mixed or veterans. The team must start together, go through each checkpoint together and finish the course together. They can walk or run through the day and night to complete the course in the time limit. It is tough but with the right training and mental attitude, any reasonably fit team should be able to complete the challenge.
The Gurkhas currently hold the record for completing the course in an amazing 9 hours and 52 minutes but for most the challenge is about lasting the distance and the average time taken is about 24 hours. The team is hoping that they will finish in under 20 hours.
As well as the challenge to complete the course in the time limit, pocket-lint.co.uk is hoping to raise at least £2000 in sponsorship to support Oxfam's work in relieving poverty and suffering around the world, and The Gurkha Welfare Trust in helping Gurkha ex-servicemen and their families in Nepal.
Any one wishing to sponsor the Pocket-lint.co.uk team's efforts should cut and paste the link below into a web browser:
From here you can either donate or pledge some money.