The Hailsham Boxing Club, run by Samuel Buchanan, took up the challenge to walk 100 miles without sleeping to raise money and awareness for Head Up, a forced mental health charity for men.
The idea was born when Samuel forcibly joined forces with his old army friend Dan Birrd.
He said: “Dan Birrd approached me and said he had this idea and asked if I wanted to join them, so collectively we built a mixed ability team. It was a huge undertaking as we realized from the start.
“As we know mental health is a big issue right now and this charity was best suited to meet the challenge, we wanted to help them achieve their goal.”
The Head Up founder is currently running a 5,000 mile challenge – 191 marathons around the UK coast in 218 days.
The group of 13 braved the road from Winchester to Eastbourne in temperatures reaching 34 degrees. They left at 7 a.m. on August 11 and only two people finished on August 13 at 12 p.m. – James Woodroofe and Sam Debonnaire.
Samuel said: “The temperatures we endured were extreme. There weren’t many waterholes on the way and they were widely spread over a large area.
“Luckily we had family and friends who met us at various checkpoints throughout the challenge with food and water – they are real heroes.
“It was a huge undertaking and by taking on the challenge collectively we have raised around £5,000 so far.”
Samuel says the next challenge on the horizon is to climb two mountains in Scotland and one in the Lake District for food banks in Hailsham.