Preparing for 100k trek

Steve Tranter, who is starting training for his 100k walk
Steve Tranter, who is starting training for his 100k walk
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A former soldier from St Annes is tackling a mammoth 100km walk to raise money for charity.

Steve Tranter, 55, of Jervis Close, St Annes, is raising money for Blind Veterans UK.

The 55-year-old has toured Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Falklands with the Army and knows the work of the charity well.

Steve now hopes to raise thousands of pounds for a former colleague.

He said: “As I’m ex-Forces man I wanted to do something for a military charity.

“Blind Veterans does incredible work supporting blind veterans with vision impairment.

“A friend and former colleague of mine, Peter Watson, was blinded by an explosive in Northern Ireland in 1977.

“He was lucky to not be killed and it’s great to give something back to Blind Veterans UK for all the help they have given him.”

Steve joined the Army in 1975 when he was 16, and left in 2000 after 25 years of service.

He began training at the start of the year and is about to commence a 16-week programme designed for a walk of this scale.

He said: “Last time I was with a team of four but this time it’s a solo effort.

“But I’m really positive, there are an amazing team of volunteers at different checkpoints to get you clean socks, food and water.

“They make you feel really good and are fantastic in the event.”

The June event is Blind Veterans UK’s largest fund-raiser 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.

Steve has also set himself a tough challenge of competing the walk in just 20 hours.

“I did something similar a few years ago, including the Three Peaks Challenge in North Yorkshire which took me 30 hours.

“I hope to do some running on the flats and downhill this time and I’ll have to see how training goes but 20 hours and under is the target.”

To sponsor Steve – who has already raised more than £690 as he tackles the 100km for Blind Veterans UK – visit www.justgiving.com/Steve-Tranter1