August 3rd 2017

100km walk leads to £650 for charity thanks to Kayleigh

Kayleigh Turner 2

An adult volunteer with Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) has completed the 100km London to Brighton Challenge.

We caught up with Training Sergeant Major of B Squadron, Kayleigh Turner, to ask the 31-year-old about the trip she undertook with colleagues from Sir Thomas More Cathloic Voluntary Academy where she is a primary school teacher.

Even after being a cadet and with 12-years experience as an adult volunteer, the event that’s part of the Ultra Challenge series proved a tough one for Kayleigh.

We ask her about her fund-raising effort.

Kayleigh Turner

Kayleigh Turner

What did the challenge entail?

“On Saturday 27 May, myself and five colleagues from work commenced ‘The London to Brighton Challenge’ which involved walking 100km (62 miles) over two days.  The walk started at The Old Deer Park in Richmond and finished at Brighton Racecourse.  We camped overnight at the half way point in Surrey.”

What persuaded you to take part in the challenge?

“A lady at work wanted to do something special for a ‘big birthday’ this year.  She put up a notice in the staff room to gauge interest in an Ultra Challenge.

“I think someone else actually volunteered me as they knew I was in the ACF and assumed I’d be up for it!

“The fact it was for charity appealed to me and through family, work and the ACF, people were so generous with their donations.  I raised just over £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity previously supported by family members.”

Have you done anything like this before?

“Other than walking my dog, I haven’t ever done any real distance walking since my Duke of Edinburgh expeditions I took part in when I was a cadet.  Every weekend in the months leading up to the walk were taken up with training walks, some with the team, some with my husband and any willing friends.

“However, none of the training prepared me for how tough the challenge actually was.  I was keen to get to the half way point before nightfall so only allowed myself short stops at the rest points. We started at Richmond at 8.30am on the Saturday morning and I crossed the half way point at 9.25pm that night.

“Unfortunately, two of our team had to pull out on the first day due to injuries. Myself and my remaining team mates camped over and were up at 4.30am ready to leave out at 6am for the second day.

“We crossed the finish line at 3.55pm on Sunday and were met by our family members who had driven down to meet us.

Kayeligh Turner 3

With her medal

“My ACF experiences have taught me how to look after my feet; however, after 62 miles they were not in a good way! Every blister and aching muscle were definitely worth the feeling of achievement we felt once we finished.”

Would you attempt something like this again?

“I’ve shown myself that I can walk the distance so I would definitely do an Ultra Challenge again, however I would want it to be a different route for a different challenge.”

"Every blister and aching muscle were definitely worth the feeling of achievement we felt once we finished.”