As feared at Checkpoint 9, the heavens finally opened not long after our Trailwalker team had left for the big climb up Castle Hill, which meant a very soggy finish to their challenge. However, they pulled together, supported each other, and crossed the line at Brighton Racecourse in a time of 27 hours and 36 minutes.
Hats off to Mark Williams (Team Leader London & SE), Dave Norcott (Geoarchaeology & Environmental Manager), Susan Clelland (Senior Fieldwork Project Officer) and Vi Pieterson (Heritage Consultant). Special mention too to their Support Team lead by Lisa McCaig (Project Officer), with Chris Brayne (Chief Executive), Andy Crockett (Regional Manager South) and Rob De’Athe (Project Manager). This is a fantastic achievement that all at Wessex Archaeology are very proud of – well under the target 30 hours and all four of the team finishing together (despite some considerable pain).
With pledges still coming in, we’re looking likely to surpass £3k in fund-raising. This will be double the original target, helped enormously not only by friends and family, but also by advance sponsorship from Opti-Cal Survey, Thomson Ecology and Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), as well as fantastic support from Waitrose for essential provisions during the challenge – thanks everyone for your immense support!
Now, long hot baths and soft comfy beds beckon!
Our collection so far from pledges and sponsors totals £3,280. The team are are delighted with all your support and generosity, many thanks.