Uckfield walkers complete 100km challenge

Uckfield walkers were among those taking part in the South Coast Challenge at the weekend, some walking the full route of 100km.

This was the second time that Lynne Ireland and Wendy Wheatley have completed the 100km and they took five hours off their previous time finishing in 26 hours, 23 minutes.

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Wendy Wheatley and Lynne Ireland who completed the full 100km of the South Coast Challenge in 26 hours, 23 minutes.

Zoe Stevenson and Meg Hussey also walked the 100km in 27 hours. Meg raised more than £1,000 for the British Lung Foundation and Zoe raised more than £2,500 for St Peter and St James Hospice.

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Zoe Stevenson and Meg Hussey who completed 100km on the South Coast Challenge in 27 hours.

And Laura Johnstone finished the 100km challenge too. She was raising funds for Chestnut Tree House.

Also among those completing the full distance was Jan Quinn who finished in under 24 hours.

She walked with Jane Byworth-Hoadley and Sharon Everall who completed 55km finishing in Hove.

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Jan Quinn, left, who completed the 100km of the South Coast Challenge in under 24 hours is pictured with Jane Byworth-Hoadley and Sharon Everall who completed 55km.

The challenge began in Eastbourne on Saturday morning. There was a choice of distances, 100km, 50km, or 25km and with people either walking, jogging or running.

This was Lynne’s third Ultra Challenge and she was raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her mother Frances Brown. Her target was to raise £500 but supporters have so far donated more than £900.

Wendy was raising funds for Prostate Cancer. She set herself a target of £300 and donations have topped £500.

Medicine

Jan raised more than £700 for The Humanimal Trust/One Medicine, a charity set up by Noel Fitzpatrick to encourage doctors and vets to share medical research to advance medicine faster than it is today, especially in cases such as cancer where there are some similarities across Humans and Animals.

Jan, a volunteer ambassador for the charity said: “Most folks get the wrong idea and think he is suggesting vets can work on humans, certainly not, this is about sharing more in the background which will eventually lead to less and less tests on animals.”

Jan says she is now hooked on challenges and will be signing up for more next year, and next weekend she aims to complete 25 miles in the Edinburgh Kilt Walk. She will be raising funds for The Humanimal Trust/One Medicine again.

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