Gurkhas dominate 100km endurance race

Teams from the Queen’s Gurkha Signals dominated the returning Trailwalker 100km endurance race.

Two QGS teams romped home in just 10 hours and 19 minutes, closely followed by another Gurkha group eight minutes later, beating more than 100 other military and civilian squads.

Trailwalker, organised by Oxfam and the Queen’s Gurkha Signals, crosses the South Downs from Queen Elizabeth Country Park to Brighton.

The event, which raises funds for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust and encapsulates the Gurkha spirit and community, was back after last year’s race was run virtually due to Covid.

The organisers were keen to make this year’s competition an unforgettable challenge and so it proved.

The competitors met on the evening before the start to be entertained by the band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and enjoy food in a carnival atmosphere. At 6am, the first teams set off on the gruelling challenge, running, jogging and walking the distance.

Major Ed Adams, Officer Commanding of 250 Gurkha Signal Squadron, said: “It was a privilege to organise this year’s event. The competitors were incredible and as usual the Gurkha community have outdone themselves both in terms of organisation and competitive spirit.”