Most people who know me, know I’m no longer a spring chicken! but I try not to let the grass grow under my feet.
I like a challenge, and over the last few years with your kind support and not forgetting your dosh, dough, bread, your cash, we have raised a few thousand pounds £££ for worthwhile charities & causes including RN/RMA, RMA Walking with Wounded and Help for Heroes, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and local charities supporting both children with special needs and animal welfare charities.
These challenges have included yomping over the Brecon Mountains, 100K, Tough Mudder (Now I’m a Legionnaire), 54-mile Cateran yomp in 24 hours and not forgetting climbing Kilimanjaro, with my epic Twin Challenge in 2019, that included the “Since 1664” Yomp (106 miles non-stop in 36 hours) which is a unique charity endurance challenge of epic proportions, with the second being the world-renowned Everest Base trek
What is this Year's Epic Challenge then!!!
Arctic Warrior Challenge
It's an incredible 8-day hut to hut ski tour from Sweden into Norway and back, following original WW2 SF insertion routes and that of the Telemark Raid and the commando's daring escape.
Making it more realistic and to keep us on our toes, Trident Adventure is run by former special forces soldiers
This incredible hut to hut ski tour will challenge your physical robustness and mental agility to adapt and thrive in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
What can I aspect, first there is an ongoing continuous training programme prior to even attempting the challenge, one example being, getting to used to carrying 60-70 lbs Bergen whilst yomping for 8-9 hours per day, not forgetting additional core work etc
Then it's the challenge itself with; Arctic wilds, battling temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius and tackling untraversed landscapes on cross country skis; On the Arctic expedition, the team will be burning around 5,000 to 8,000 calories a day as we ski along; then the relaxing aspects, of ice plunges, snow shelter etc
Why am I doing this?
It's important for me to challenge myself both physically and mentally, especially as this is the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict/war. The reason for choosing Rock to Recovery, when we look at statistics “30,000 sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen and merchant mariners participated in the Falklands Conflict; 237 personnel died during the campaign; but “There are veterans of the Falklands Conflict who still struggle with physical and mental scars, and some have faced life challenges or hardships since then.
With a suggestion from some areas that there had been concerns that more Falklands veterans had taken their own lives since the conflict than died in action.
Therefore, as a veteran of the armed forces, and veteran of the Falklands; on a personal note, ‘remember it's not for me, but what we can do for others’ As I served myself for over 10 years it's about giving something back, so every penny counts, doesn't matter how small or large the donation, or if you can't support with monetary donation, please spread the news it all very much appreciated
Please look at the values and mission of Rock to Recovery
Our mission is to save and change the lives of those in our Armed Forces, our veteran community and their families who are affected by stress.
Our approach is to inspire, coach and motivate towards a more positive future.