MCL team completes the South Downs PLOD

Teams trek overnight in South Downs PLOD midnight challenge to rasie funds for Action Medical Research

01 Sep 2015

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A team of five walkers from MCL known as team Midnight, chafing and Limping (MCL) trekked by moonlight to complete the South Downs PLOD challenge for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Team MCL set out at midnight from Devil’s Dyke and trekked through the night covering a tough 40-mile route and taking on various challenges to score bonus points along the way. Team MCL completed the challenge in 12 hours 41 minutes finishing 3rd out of 17 teams.

Event organiser Paula Ray, from Action Medical Research, said: “The incredible enthusiasm and determination of everyone who took part in the PLOD was just breathtaking – and the event was completed in the fastest time on record!

“As the teams found out, the PLOD is not for the faint hearted: it is a phenomenal challenge both physically and mentally. Each team's effort was just marvellous and it was a real privilege to cheer them over the finish line.”

Money raised by teams participating in the South Downs PLOD will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Team MCL included Steve Lydiate, Mark Hawkins, Adam Carter, Paul Phillips and Paul Roberts. To date they have rasied in excess of £800 for the charity.

For information on how to join the 2016 PLOD, please visit

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