19 Feb

Sussex Runner's 100K Challenge For Vets

Woppy Keeling

A West Sussex woman has set herself the huge challenge of running 100k this summer for Blind Veterans UK. 55-year-old Woppy Keeling from Midhurst, is among hundreds of runners along with hundreds taking part in the Blind Veterans UK 100K London to Brighton event, being held this June. Last year, she completed the same challenge as a walker and this time round she wants to push herself even harder.

Keeling (pictured with Blind Veterans UK chair Tim Davis) says: “I’ve been running for about 35 years, I’ve done marathons, half marathons and all other kinds of events. I used to do cross-country skiing and used running as a way to keep fit. Last year I walked the 100k and finished it in 19 hours, this year I hope to beat that!”

She says: “I was in the Army reserve and many members of my family, from my son to my great grandfathers, have been in the Armed Forces. Because of my strong connection to the Armed Forces I find it important to support military charities. Blind Veterans UK does amazing work in supporting vision impaired ex-service men and women. I’ve been fortunate that none of my family ever needed support but there are so many veterans and families that do. I want to help in any way I can.”

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

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK’s 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit the Blind Veterans' website