DIARY: Lack of map and torch made glorious hikers of CDL long for planner

Four Crammond Dickens Lerner staffers recently decided to take on the task of a 100km walk across the South Downs to raise some cash for Oxfam and the Ghurkha regiment.

The "organised team of the account handlers Alex Newman, Simon Humphris and Qin Wiseman and the art worker Lynette Fletcher prepared with boots and rucksacks before starting their hike at 7am last weekend.

After discovering that their initial enthusiasm was waning, our band of heroes decided to stop and wet their whistles with a sneaky beverage.

After one for the road they set off again to begin the night stage of their epic walk.

But, due perhaps to the absence of a planner in the group, they soon became aware of a lack of vital equipment, such as a map, some batteries and torches. Instead the group made do with a full moon and a thunderstorm.

After 23 hours 11 minutes and 54 seconds - and a few packs of ibuprofen - the hobbling team collapsed in Brighton, having raised £3,000 for their charities.

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