Worthing Woman to Run 100k for Military Charity
A woman from Worthing will run a 100k from London to Brighton this July for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Andrea Gharsallah, 53, only started running 20 months ago and has already completed five marathons including in London and New York. Now she wanted to take on a challenge while fundraising for a worthy cause.
Andrea works as a carer and, among those she has cared for, were Second World War veterans, one of whom was partially sighted. She found them and their stories inspiring and felt it would be great to give back to a charity that supports veterans.
She says: “These men and women fought for our freedom while risking their own lives. It’s incredibly courageous and I wanted to do something recognise their service.”
Andrea hasn’t run for charity before but now she will be running a 100k for Blind Veterans UK.
She says: “I knew Blind Veterans UK has a centre in Brighton but did not realise the extent of their support and how they rely completely on voluntary donations. I’m happy to contribute and help continue their support of vision-impaired veterans.”
Andrea is already training hard for the 100k and it’ll be the first time she’ll run such a great distance.
Andrea says: “I previously did a 100k and ran the first 17 miles. I pulled a muscle and had to walk the rest of the way. Since then I’ve done quite a few marathons so am confident I’ll be able to finish and am hoping I’ll do so in under 20 hours or even 18 if I can.”
Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open with a registration fee of £62.50 for the 100km. For those not wanting to walk the full distance there is also a relay option available for teams of four walking 25k each. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £110. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.
The London to Brighton 100k challenge is Blind Veterans UK’s biggest annual fundraiser and takes participants from a starting point in south west 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.
To support Andrea as she takes on the 100k for Blind Veterans UK, please visit www.justgiving.com/andrea-gharsallah1.
To sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k, please visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.