The Royal Signals are celebrating their centenary this month, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the events they had planned have been cancelled.
Instead, the 100 For 100 Challenge was created, and Lance Corporal Tyler Bury and Signaler Hatter decided to put their own spin on it so set themselves the task of walking 100 kilometres in 24 hours. LCpl Bury said:
“We wanted to do something that’s a bit more of a challenge, and do it all within 24 hours rather than throughout the month.”
The original challenge tasks people with completing the distance over a period of four weeks, leading up to the centenary on June 28.
Starting in the Wiltshire town of Corsham at 7am on June 24, 2020, the duo will follow a carefully planned route down to Salisbury Plain, meeting the necessary checkpoints along the way. After looping back around, they hope to finish the walk at Colerne in the early hours of June 25.
The longest distance walked so far in practice has been 40 kilometres, which is less than half the full planned distance for the actual day.
While on one of the shorter practice walks Lance Corporal Bury had a realisation about the challenge he is taking on:
“It dawned on me just how long 100 kilometres is and how hard 20hours of walking are actually going to be. It’ll be a fun challenge.”
All the money raised is going to the Royal Signals Charity to help them continue to support serving, veterans and their families in the Royal Signals.