'Barking Mad' team complete 100km Trailwalker challenge in support of Oxfam

TEAM BARKING MAD: (left to right) Redmond Todd-Bennett, Barney Light, Katri Willens and Matt Ogden

TEAM BARKING MAD: (left to right) Redmond Todd-Bennett, Barney Light, Katri Willens and Matt Ogden

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A DINAS POWYS man has trekked more than 100km across 'unforgiving' terrain in just over 24 hours in aid of charity.

Redmond Todd-Bennett, who was part of the 'Barking Mad' team from Microsoft UK, completed the annual Trailwalker challenge to raise money for Oxfam.

Trailwalker is a 100 kilometre day and night hike starting in Petersfield, Hampshire, across the South Downs and finishing at Brighton Racecourse.

Cardiff University Student Redmond, who has just undertaken a one-year work placement with Microsoft, completed the challenge alongside colleagues Barney Light, Matt Ogden and Katri Willens.

Team ‘Barking Mad’ raised more than £2000 in sponsorship to support Oxfam, which will help the charity provide life-changing support to poor people worldwide.

After crossing the finish line in an impressive 24 hours and 53 minutes, well ahead of the average completion time of 30 hours, the team were particularly proud of their achievement.

Former St Cyres School pupil Redmond, 21, said: “It’s one of the toughest challenges I’ve ever competed in but it’s for a great cause in Oxfam. "The South Downs Way is a particularly unforgiving route and 100 kilometres is a massive task, so to finish in such a good time is a fantastic achievement.”

He added: “The team were brilliant throughout and even when we were all ‘walking wounded’ approaching the final checkpoints we supported each other to make sure we all got over that finish line.

“A huge thank you must go to all the people that sponsored us and to our support team without whom it would've been much more difficult to reach the end.”

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