Matthew will trek like the Gurkhas for a good cause

LONG WALK: Matthew Catterall will trek 100Km in less than 30 hours.
LONG WALK: Matthew Catterall will trek 100Km in less than 30 hours.
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Whalley man takes on Gurkha challenge

Matthew (27), from Whalley, is joining three colleagues from Taylors Solicitors in Manchester to tackle Trailwalker, a challenge originally started by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment to test soldiers’ stamina and teamwork skills.

They will be one of more than 500 teams of four attempting to walk 62 miles across the South Downs National Park in under 30 hours.

Matthew, a former student of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, said: “We’re doing long training walks at weekends, and we’re also doing 30 to 40 miles a week on our own.”

The Trailwalker challenge on July 27 and 28 will raise cash for Oxfam’s work training farmers and teachers in poor countries, and for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

The Gurkhas are providing logistics assistance for the trek.

Matthew and his colleagues aim to complete the trek in less than 24 hours and raise £10,000, and are already one-third of the way to their target thanks to support from business sponsors.

Their website is www.taylorstrailwalker.co.uk and sponsor money goes through www.justgiving.com/andrew-livesey