27 July 2013
On 27 and 28 July 2013 four Gearbulk teams took part in Trailwalker, the team challenge of walking 100 km across the South Downs in under 30 hours. Teams had to dedicate a lot of time and effort in preparation for the event, not only in training but also in fundraising for the two charities that benefited from the event. Close to £16,000 has been raised by the four Gearbulk teams which will go to Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust, helping people in poverty make a better life for themselves.
A total of 443 teams took part in the event which started in Petersfield, Hampshire and finished in Brighton, East Sussex, travelling across three counties in under 30 hours. This year only 183 teams reached the finish line with all four members which shows just how tough the course was.
Gearbulk entered four teams, two from the Weybridge office, one from Bergen and one team who travelled all the way from Rio de Janeiro to take part in this epic challenge.
The challenge began in very hot conditions and for the first 30 km all the team members had to ensure that plenty of liquids were taken on. Weather conditions then changed with a thunderstorm and heavy rain resulting in wet weather gear being required.
All those who competed were glad that they took part in what was an amazing event. The sense of achievement to compete in such a challenge and to raise a significant amount of money for two worthy causes was well worth the effort, even though some have said "never again"!
Thanks go to OW Bunkers, Chengxi shipyard, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, BRL Trust Investments, Tocantis Advogados and Watson Farley & Williams who all made significant donations.