BENEFITING: IAN SOMERHALDER FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2012
A little challenge built into my training schedule. Trekathons are one-day events over a marathon distance of approx 26 miles, presenting a tough physical challenge. I thought this would be a good opportunity to experience what 26 miles feels like at a somewhat slower pace than the one I will be doing for the Dublin Marathon in October and hopefully raise a few extra pennies for charity.
The South Downs National Park, although only designated a National Park in 2010, has been enjoyed by walkers and cyclists for decades. Its varied landscapes see a higher number of visitors than any of England’s nine other National Parks. Our route starts in the lovely old town of Lewes and follows part of the famously scenic South Downs Way. We walk over rolling hills and high ridges dotted with long barrows and ancient earthworks, often accompanied by magnificent vistas down to the sea. We tackle stiff climbs and descents before our spectacular final stretch over the famous white chalk cliffs of the seven sisters, before finishiing on the highest chalk sea cliff in England - the beautiful headland of beachy head, near Eastbourne.
This is a tough event over rolling downs and cliffs; at 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers. It should take between 8-10 hours to complete the walk.