The Richmond Lodge, No.2032 – London To Brighton Challenge 2018 – Success !

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Saturday 26 May - Sunday 27 May 2018 - The Richmond Lodge, No. 2032 - London to Brighton Challenge - Report

The 26th May 2018 saw two of our Middlesex brethren from the Richmond Lodge, No.2032 undertake the epic London to Brighton Challenge.

The run was a 100km Ultra marathon which saw 2000 intrepid adventurers of which W.Bro Frankie Whelan and Bro Charlie Clifford were among the 500 elite runner class.

Registration commenced at 0530 hrs at the Old Deer Park in Richmond with an aerobic style warm up.

The event set the runners off at 0630hrs starting out along the Thames through Richmond.

Stage 1 - Richmond to Carshalton

Leg distance: 25km     Total: 25km     Ascent: 207m

Mid-point stop: Green Lane, 12.2km

Major Rest Stop 2: Oaks Park, 24.5km

Setting out from the start line in Richmond Old Deer Park and following the river Thames the challenge began fairly flat and easy! We reached our 1st mid-point stop at Green Lane to refuel before continuing on through the urban landscape. After passing through the market town of Kingston, we stopped at our 1st major rest stop and have a longer rest & a packed lunch.

Stage 2 - Oaks Park to Tulleys Farm

Leg distance: 31km     Total: 56km     Ascent: 477m

Mid-point stop: New Henhaw Farm, 40.5km

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Major Rest Stop 2: Tulleys Farm, Crawley, 56km

Setting off towards the halfway rest stop of our full challenge, we enjoyed views of scenic country side and urban vistas. A feast of hot food, cold food, drinks, medics, masseuses, marquee seating, toilets and much more awaited at the Tullys Farm rest stop. Some of our Full 100 km Challengers  spent the night camping here before continuing the challenge bright and early the following morning. For our '1st Half Challengers' this is the finish point, but for us it was just a major rest stop and an opportunity to have some hot food. This was the point where the realisation had set in that there was still another marathon and a half to complete.

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Stage 4 - Wivelsfield to Brighton

Leg distance: 20km     Total: 100km     Ascent: 372m

Mid-point stop: Plumpton College, Plumpton, 87km

The Finish: Brighton Racecourse, Brighton 100km

The final leg of our challenge took us across the South Downs, passing through some of England’s finest countryside and views.

We stopped at Plumpton College for the final mid-point stop of the challenge where we had a short rest for supplies and a hot drink before the final push.

From here with renewed energy we continued on to Brighton, views of the coast and the sea air lay ahead before the welcome finish line where a medal, t shirt, glass of bubbly and a big celebration awaited.

In its 7th year, the London 2 Brighton Challenge has become one of the UK's greatest endurance events and a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for worthy causes.

Being inspired by the work of The Relief Chest Scheme our brethren wanted to support them by raising money as part of their participation in The 2020 Festival.

Please help our brethren to help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button on the link.

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The more people that know about The Relief Chest Scheme and The 2020 Festival the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing their page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot !

The RMTGB exists to: “relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and when funds permit, support other children in need.”

We have adopted a line that the RMTGB use as we feel it sums up the whole essence of what The 2020 Festival is about:

“A man never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child”

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