Matt Mason to trek 100km

Head Bowling Coach Matt Mason is to embark upon a journey which will culminate in a 100km trek across the South Downs National Park in the south of England.

We all know that Mase is outgoing, but there is a cause as to why he and a bunch of friends have decided to take the challenge on.

The self-named ‘Hallow Hikers’ consist of a close-knit group of friends who have decided to take on the noble deed of raising money for charity, in this case, it is Oxfam who are the commissioners of the exercise and of course fight poverty, as well as the Gurkha Welfare Trust which helps Gurkha veterans, their widows and families back in their native Nepal by providing medical, financial and development aid.

Speaking about how the opportunity came about, Mason said: "A few of my mates from the village I live in in Worcestershire decided to do something quite challenging – we are all into outdoor exercise and we saw a link to the Trailwalker on social media and it looked like a really good challenge.

"So we got chatting about it at the local pub and said ‘well let’s do it’, and knowing what we are like - we say a lot of things and don’t tend to follow them through so I decided to, on this occasion, rope them all into it and I registered a team."

Further, he went onto discuss the charities involved: "Both Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust put the event on together and we raise money for both foundations.

"Obviously Oxfam is well known for fighting world poverty, and I have always wanted to do something for returning servicemen and women because I have so much respect for what they have done.

The Gurkhas have a played a key part in a lot of the history within this country as well as Australia, and a lot of guys when they leave the service struggle back in their native Nepal in terms of basic living standards so it raises money for those guys as well – they are very deserving."

As for preparation, Mase and his fellow Hallow Hikers are yet to put any plans in place in terms of training: "We are just fundraising at the moment, but we are all going to get together in the next few weeks and figure out some sort of training regime that does not involve the pub, although I'm sure we can put a few in along the way", he joked.

He continued: "It will be tough - 60 odd miles in under 30 hours walking through the day and night, it will be quite a challenge. But, I have got three good friends joining me and we will have a lot of laughs along the way and carry eachother over the finish line.

"It’s all about raising money for two fabulous causes as well as challenging ourselves – it should be good fun."

To find out more about the chosen charities, follow the links below.

Oxfam - https://www.oxfam.org.uk/

Gurkha Welfare Trust - https://www.gwt.org.uk/

At the time of writing, in just under two weeks Mase and his fellow Hallow Hikers have raised an incredible £380 already, and your support will be massively appreciated.

For any further information on the Hallow Hikers and their journey across the South Downs, visit Mase’s JustGiving page by clicking HERE, or download the Trailwalker Map and Event Guide HERE.

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