Christian Madden

The Frontline Walk 2021

I'm Fundraising for Veterans

I'm taking part in the Frontline Walk - a 100km trek to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedom whilst helping to support the soldiers and veterans of today.

I will also be walking in memory of My Grandfather, Herbert Leslie Gibbons, who served during World War Two with the Royal Artillery. He was part of The 15th Scottish Division and was in the 131st (City of Glasgow) Field Regiment. Very strange for a bloke from Oxfordshire! 

He landed on Juno beach on the 22nd June and fought all the way through to Germany Where he ended the War.

It will be a physically and emotionally tough challenge, but I'm doing it all for a great cause: ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the National Charity of the British Army. They support soldiers, veterans and their families when they need it most.

Please cheer me on by making a donation towards my target - I'll be forever grateful!

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My Updates

July 21 update

I am now walking weekly though my job has limited how many walks I can do per week. Mostly walking between 15 and 20 mile at a time so just about right distance wise. I just need to do three days of consecutive walking to get a feel for how it will be on the real walk.

Lots more walks now the weather is better.

So I am now tracking my walks in strava. Really getting the miles in now and I can't wait for October to arrive. Hopefully we'll be out of lockdown by then!
Check out my activity on Strava:

My first decent walk

So In the midst of world melt down I thought I'd go for a walk.

I walked along the River Kennet out of Reading and heading towards Theale.

This was about 7miles. It took me 2 1/4 hrs, so rather than take the train back to Reading I walked another 6 mile home! All done in just under 5 hours.

I even got to see my first bunker on my frontline walk, though not in Normandy but along the Kennet, still, nice to see though.

The first test

So on sunday (12.01.20) I did my first decent walk.

6 miles along the river Thames from Reading to Tilehurst.

It took me about an hour and a half which is about 4 miles

an hour so quite a good pace. More to follow in the coming months.

A walking challenge

So I've signed up, got my first sponsors and now need to start training, let the adventure begin!

Thank you to my Sponsors


John Madden

A donation for Christmas, and another for your birthday, happy birthday Christian love mum and dad xxx


Go Fund Me


John Madden


Saga Holidays


Julie Spittle

Good luck, when you are able to complete this.


Jane Madden

Happy Birthday! xxx


Jane Madden

Happy Christmas x


Karim Derricj


Stephen Dickson


Ian Adams

Good luck Christian, a very worthy cause.


Stewart Harkness

Good luck mate, great cause!



Good Luck!


Sue Bedford & Mark Salter

Good luck from us lot xx


Mark Pocock

At least this gets things off the ground for you. Good Luck


Valerie Robinson

Good luck Chris.. you need to get some more dog walking in before October.


Alan Clayton

Plus potential extra for photos of painfil blisters! 🤪


Lynn Johnson

Good luck mate & a very good cause.


Georgia Roberts

Good luck Chris



Go go go


Carole Carr

You are doing an amazing job with all your training walks. Keep going and you'll smash it!x


Peter Sutton


Andy Cooper

Good luck and a very good cause


Scott Ladd

Well done big boy


Andreea Constantin

Very well done and best of luck!


Chris Madden