A team from Swindon's UK Research and Innovation department is taking part in the Virgin Walking Challenge.

Roy Stephen, Dr Jennifer Pickett and Dr Amber Vater, are about to set off on a 26-mile marathon walk from Swindon to Oxford before the full team of six takes on Mt Snowdon in Wales on August 23.

Team member Chris Carlton said: “I’m a bit nervous but I’m excited for the challenge.

“I’ve never done anything like this before so the Walking Challenge has inspired me to really test my limits.”

He said the walkers had been training for their epic effort.

“We’ve been doing regular lunchtime walks to prepare. Some people have been taking a couple of days off to do some longer walks that have up and down sections in order to make sure that we’re ready to go.”

The team has already walked 3,237 miles in 76 of their 100 days.

The challenge aims to provide workforces with increased morale and job satisfaction while improving employee health and wellbeing.

Across 100 days, teams of seven from across the globe are encouraged to set themselves a variety of different daily and weekly walking challenges.

Throughout the challenge, the UKRI team has explored the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire countryside and tackled different terrain.