Newhaven sailor gears up for 100k trek

Joe Suttill with his family
Joe Suttill with his family

A former Royal Navy sailor from Newhaven is gearing up to walk 100k to raise vital funds for charity.

Joe Suttill, 31, from Newhaven, will take part in the gruelling trek from London to Brighton in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

Joe said he has close ties to Blind Veterans UK as he lives near its Brighton base which he visits on occasion.

Last time he visited with his girlfriend and they bought a special rocking horse made by a blind veteran for their eight week old son.

Joe said he could not think of a better cause to raise money for.

He said: “I live near the Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre and I could not think of a better cause to raise money for.

“My dad’s friend is supported by Blind Veterans UK and it’s good to know that if I were to lose my sight a few years down the line Blind Veterans UK would be there to support me.”

Joe served in the Royal Navy from 2000 to 2004 where he worked in communications.

He received his basic training at HMS Raleigh and moved to HMS Collingwood for his communication training.

He also served on board the HMS Illustrious and HMS Edinburgh, where he deployed on operational tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joe is aiming to complete the walk in 20 hours.

He said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to the walk.

“It will be nice to make some new friends and enjoy the experience.”

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on June 6, is currently open with a registration fee of £50 per participant for the 50km or £75 for the 100km.

Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £120.

The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

The event is Blind Veterans UK’s biggest annual fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity’s centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

Joe said: “I recommend this challenge to everyone! Don’t be afraid, just enjoy the experience and take every step as you go.”

To support Joe as he tackles the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge visit: www.justgiving.com/Joe-Suttill.