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1923 London to Brighton 100k Walk Certificate

Our famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.

Our famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.

Our location in our early years in Regent's Park was ideal for a wide range of sports and games. Rowing in the lake there was very popular with members, and soon this developed into challenge matches against other organisations, and an annual regatta on the Thames. Other sports that were popular including competitive walking, such as a London to Brighton walk - an event which we still hold today - from which veterans received medals and competition was fierce.

One such veteran to take part was James Pardo Meighen. Born in Liverpool on 11 November 1893, he started to receive support from Blind Veterans UK on 22 November 1918. James served with the Royal Field Artillery from 1915 but was later wounded in Ypres in 1917. James was blinded from shrapnel wounds to both eyes.

James had many successful sporting achievements during his time with us. He was a member of our team which on two occasions in 1921 played football against a visiting Arsenal side. Today, in our archives, we hold several medals and cups of his, such as a Football Competition silver trophy.

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               Meighen on a tandem bike with a VAD in 1919

More significantly, James completed the London to Brighton Walk which took place on the 6 October 1923. James completed the distance an impressive 11 hours, 8 minutes and 20 seconds. It is his certificate featured above. Click here to see it in more detail.