Harpenden Paralympian’s London to Brighton trek

PUBLISHED: 06:46 09 July 2014

David Clarke, right, with guide and friend Steve Brady, walked 100km from London to Brighton in under 24 hours to raise money for Blind Veterans UK

David Clarke, right, with guide and friend Steve Brady, walked 100km from London to Brighton in under 24 hours to raise money for Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK

Harpenden Paralympian David Clarke set a blistering pace on a 100km charity walk from London to Brighton recently – literally.

Britain’s most capped blind footballer still had sore feet a week after completing his mammoth 24-hour trek between the two centres. But blisters aside, David managed to blitz his £1,000 fundraising target for Blind Veterans UK, with donations surpassing £1,600.

Accompanied by friend and guide Steve Brady, David explained that he took up the challenge as “I didn’t want to just support Blind Veterans UK, I wanted to do the walk.”

However he admitted, “I didn’t realise it was going to be so hard. I was clambering over stiles, through kissing gates and it was incredibly undulating.

“The agony from half-way was significant, but we didn’t want to quit – we just thought about what the money would do, and the cause is fantastic.”

David said the journey was “incredibly beautiful” through the likes of the South Downs.

A spokesman for the charity, which gives blind veterans the skills and confidence to pick up their life and regain independence, said: “All of us are so grateful for David’s support and for the incredible amount he has raised.”

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