Prince Harry launches the 2020 Trailwalker UK 100 km Relay Challenge
Prince Harry released a video clip to wish the best of luck to this year's participants in the 100km Trailwalker UK Relay Challenge and to thank them for their support of the two charities benefitting from the funds raised - Oxfam and The Gurkha's Welfare Trust.
Due to Covid-19, participants will take on the challenge virtually between 21-27 September 2020
Per the Oxfam website, exercise TRAILWALKER started out as a military training exercise in Hong Kong in 1981. Organised by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals the exercise sought to test the endurance and teamwork of soldiers of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals over a long and arduous course.
In 1986, Trailwalker was opened to civilian participation for the first time, and, following the move of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals to the UK, the event takes place across the UK South Downs, in southern England, typically with hundreds of civilians setting off alongside the Gurkhas
The Gurkhas are soldiers from Nepal who are recruited into the British Army and have been for over 200 years. They are renowned for their loyalty, professionalism and bravery. The Gurkha's Welfare Trust ensure that Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities are able to live with dignity in their home-country of Nepal.
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