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Local businessmen take on 100km trek challenge

Alan  Thomas - Jurassic Joggers - Local businessmen take on 100km trek challenge

Four local businessmen will be put through their paces next month when they take part in a challenging 100km non-stop race across the steep hills and rough terrain of the South Downs.

 Rob Gale from Alan & Thomas Insurance Group, Paul Stockley from Bond Pearce Solicitors and Andy Hopkins from Mike Rolls MG, who all live in the village of Marnhull, along with Simon Crichton from Triodos Bank who lives in Batcombe, near Bruton, are taking part in the annual South Downs Trailwalker event organised by Oxfam and the Gurkhas on 14th July.

Billed as a trail walk over a thirty hour period from near Petersfield on the A3, round Lewes then onto Brighton, the four-strong team, running under the name of the Jurassic Joggers, aims to run the route non-stop so that they start and finish in daylight. A tough task to set themselves as the event is not a relay and teams have to start and finish as a four!

"We've set ourselves a target time of fifteen hours starting at 6am and each team member has to cover the entire distance of 100km or put another way, sixty two miles or two marathons plus another ten miles thrown in for good measure!" said Rob Gale of Alan & Thomas.

"Our team name, the Jurassic Joggers, comes from an association with our Jurassic county roots but possibly also the fact that we are way too old to be doing this sort of thing!" joked Rob.

The annual event attracts over two thousand competitors including teams from the Army and Gurkha regiments with the lead Gurkha team usually finishing in less than ten hours!

The Sport Shed in Gillingham is providing their running kit and the team would be enormously grateful for further support, so if you are interested in sponsoring them, donations can be sent to Rob Gale at Alan & Thomas, 16 Kingsmead Business Park, Gillingham SP8 5FB or for more details, please contact Rob on 07976 869421. (Cheques made payable to Oxfam or the Gurkha Welfare Trust).