Fundraisers put their best foot forward on Easter Sunday when they took part in the second annual Pillars to Plough ‘eggstravaganza’, which this year incorporated a record-breaking three-legged challenge!
With walkers choosing to complete one, five, ten or twenty mile routes back from Brighton, Bolney, Handcross, or Ifield Community College, everyone had the opportunity to get involved. The event raised thousands for Ifield Chestnut House, a local fundraising group which supports Crawley-based cancer support centre The Olive Tree, and Sussex’s only children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, amongst other charities and projects in the area.
Pictures of the second annual Pillars to Plough event at the Plough Inn, Ifield:
For Tom Vanhinsbergh, 33, from Ifield and Ben Le Beau, 34, from Fareham walking a mere twenty miles wasn’t enough of a challenge. They decided to not only walk to Brighton and back, but to do it tied together – three-legged – in an attempt to break the Guinness world record.
Accompanied by Andre Van Niekerk, Scott Bidwell, George Spurgeon, Chris Spurgeon, Gary Bidwell, Lloyd Holman and Tom Byrne, who also completed the forty-mile-route, and were on-hand to make sure Guinness’ rules and regulations were met, the intrepid group set off from the Plough in Ifield at 3am on Sunday 8th April, arriving at ‘the Brighton Pillars’ just after 8.30am, where they met the group of walkers about to start the twenty-miles back to Ifield. They then had to walk an additional half a mile, before turning around and making their way back to The Plough – a total of forty-one miles in twelve hours.
The last few record breaking steps by Tom & Ben:
Guinness are yet to confirm the record has been broken, but having beaten the distance covered in the previous record by an additional 0.98 of a mile within the twelve-hour time slot, Tom and Ben’s mammoth effort will be hard to beat.
Speaking after completing the challenge, which they have been training for since November 2011, Tom, who has been involved with Ifield Chestnut House since 2009, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us during the challenge – we’ve been really moved by how the community has come together to get behind the event. Thanks to everyone who took part in the event, to the support team who have been fantastic, to all the local businesses who pledged sponsorship, to everyone who has donated money, to The Plough for allowing us to base the day there, and especially to everyone who turned up to show us support along the route, which really gave us the boost we needed to get through such a tough day!”
Organiser, Gary Morris, who founded Ifield Chestnut House in 2008, and completed the twenty mile walk, said: “It really was a ‘funtastic’ day! We have been bowled over by the support we’ve received, and the total raised on JustGiving by both the walk and the three-legged challenge has already topped £13,500, with a lot more money expected to come in over the next few weeks. I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in making this year’s event such a success, and we look forward to making next year even bigger and better!”
Plans are already being made for next year’s event, but if you would like to make a donation this year, the JustGiving page is still active. Please visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/pillars.
Write up by Victoria Lockwood
Page Photos by Alan Burgess