North Devon team in endurance race for Oxfam and Gurkhas

SPARKLE Motion IV, a team of four walkers from Barnstaple and Clovelly, will test their stamina and endurance against teams from the famously tough Gurkha regiments by taking part in Trailwalker - one of the most challenging team events in the world. Tr

SPARKLE Motion IV, a team of four walkers from Barnstaple and Clovelly, will test their stamina and endurance against teams from the famously tough Gurkha regiments by taking part in Trailwalker - one of the most challenging team events in the world. Trailwalker UK, which takes place on July 18 and 19, requires teams of four to cover a 100km course across the South Downs in less than 30 hours. Teams are completing the challenge in order to raise money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust.The Sparkle Motion IV team is made up of Steve Marvell, Joy Rogers, James McGuire and John James.Team leader, Steve Marvell, said: " Having taken part in Trailwalker for the previous three years, I know exactly how challenging this event can be on the team, but the experience of not just taking part, but also finishing such a gruelling race has kept me coming back each year. "The fact that the money we raise goes to such worthy causes is an extra incentive. I am looking forward to getting on the trail with our team, Sparkle Motion IV, this year with two new members, and am determined we'll all finish in one piece."Trailwalker was started by Gurkha soldiers in Hong Kong in 1981 as a training exercise to test endurance and encourage teamwork. The teams of four can be male, female, mixed or veterans. The teams must start together, go through each checkpoint together and finish the course together. Whether they walk or run the course most teams will still be going long into the night, and probably into the following day. It's tough, but with the right training and mental attitude, any reasonably fit team should be able to complete the challenge. The Gurkhas currently hold the record for completing the course in an amazing 9 hours and 50 minutes. But for most the challenge is about lasting the distance, and finishing within the time limit of thirty hours.As well as the challenge to complete the course within the time limit, Sparkle Motion IV must also raise at least �2,000 in sponsorship. These funds will support Oxfam's work in relieving poverty and suffering around the world, and The Gurkha Welfare Trust's community projects in Nepal.Any one wishing to sponsor Sparkle Motion IV should contact Steve Marvell on 07788992634, stevemarvell@googlemail.com, or donate on their Justgiving website, http://www.justgiving.com/sparklemotionFund-raising has only just begun, so all donations would be gratefully received!


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