Sport Walk is working to build awareness of and participation in Sport Walking. Our goal is to grow Sport Walking (taking on challenge walks), initially in the UK and then, further down the line, across Europe. Sport Walk was created by Roger Burlinson in 2016 after creating and walking an 80km ultra challenge route in the New Forest, Hampshire.
In 2017, Roger refined his approach further, taking on Race to the Stones and completing the 100km event non-stop in under 16 hours. His performance that day (where he finished in the top 50% of all non-stop entrants, both runners and walkers), was a proof of concept and confirmed his beliefs about the potential of walking an ultra challenge.
In 2019, Roger took his Sport Walking up another gear, taking on the South Downs Way, solo (supported) and he completed the 100 mile route non-stop in 27 hours 56 minutes. With the 100 mile distance being something of a pinnacle challenge within ultra running, discovering whether he could walk it within the normal cut off time for a 100 mile ultra race – 30 hours – was a key goal.
Now the work really begins! Sport Walk’s development plan aims to build interest in Sport Walking and to grow a community of Sport Walkers but it also plans to provide resources for walkers, so that they can take on challenges week in week out. The objective is to turn Sport Walking into one of the most popular and accessible outdoor activities, not just for taking on ultra marathon challenges but at all levels.