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Veterans celebrate end of gruelling 8-week round-Britain sailing expedition

A tall ship emerged from the mist into Falmouth Harbour on Sunday (Oct 1) as a crew of injured veterans marked an emotional conclusion to a gruelling round-Britain sailing expedition.

Seventeen military veterans celebrated the completion of the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge – a 2000-nautical-mile voyage by finishing at Port Pendennis. Hardy participants had endured ferocious weather conditions – including menacing waves and wild gusts of up to 40 knots – in what organisers described as being ‘a challenge like no other’.

The return of the 92-foot long tall ship to Falmouth, where the challenge began on August 5, signaled the end of an epic marathon that has taken them to 15 ports across 3 countries.

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Round Britain charity crew reach key milestone

A team of injured veterans on a round-Britain sailing expedition has reached the halfway mark in a grueling 2,000-mile sailing expedition around the British Isles.

Seventeen crew members – many with little or no sailing experience – set sail from Falmouth in Cornwall on August 5 on the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge 2017.

The intrepid crew are circumnavigating the British Isles in a clockwise direction on board a tall ship, to help participants gain new skills and highlight the challenges veterans can face after leaving the military.

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Nottingham couple complete 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail thru-hike for wounded ex-servicemen and women

Simon Richard and Alison Shelford from Nottingham, UK have fundraised over £4,300 for wounded ex-servicemen and women by hiking the Appalachian Trail. The route runs between Springer Mountain (Georgia) to Mount Katahdin (Maine) in the eastern United States, navigating a total of 14 states and approx. 464,500’ gain/loss in elevation. It attracts over 3 million visitors a year as the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

Simon and Alison began the epic 2,190 mile journey on foot from Georgia to Maine on 1st March, with the aim to finish at Mount Katahdin mid-August (a total of 5 ½ months walking).

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Calling all veterans! Charity launch search for round-Britain crew member

A Cornish sailing charity is launching a recruitment drive with a difference – to find a military veteran to join them on a section of a challenge to sail around the British Isles.

A crew of seventeen injured veterans – many with little or no sailing experience – set sail on a tall ship from Falmouth in Cornwall on August 5 on the Turn to Starboard Round Britain Challenge. So far the team has battled huge waves and clocked up more than 400 miles sailing up clockwise up the West coast.

Now the charity is calling out for a crew member also affected by military operations to join them on the epic journey, whether for a shorter section or the rest of the route.

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Assault Course Challenge in aid of disabled veterans

Worthing-based charity, The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, is on the hunt for people to take part in its Assault Course Challenge on Sunday 10 September at Lodge Hill, Pulborough.

Set in stunning woodland in the heart of the South Downs National Park, soldiers will be putting you through your paces over the 5km course, which includes flooded tunnels, smoke bombs, mud, rope climbs, tyre runs, log carries and much more! There’s also a medal for all participants and a trophy for the winning team!

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100 marathons to mark RAF centenary for Lossiemouth Corporal

A serving Corporal, based at RAF Lossiemouth, has set himself an ambitious challenge that will see him run 100 official marathons, with his last ever race falling in April 2018 and coinciding with the Royal Air Force centenary.

Jon Ward, a Logistics Mover by trade, ran his first ever marathon back in 2007, when he took on the 26.2 mile race in London, completing it in four hours 56 minutes.

It was two years ago, however, that Jon set his sights on joining the exclusive 100 marathon club.

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Invictus Games Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge

Seven members of the UK team for the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto headed to the Land Rover Experience Centre at Eastnor Castle, joined by Land Rover ambassadors Zara Tindall and Lewis Moody, to hone their skills on the legendary off-road tracks.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded injured and sick servicemen and women, which was first held in London in 2014. This year’s Games kick off in Toronto on 23 September, with the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge marking the first opportunity for all 17 competing nations to win a medal.

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Wounded Veterans to take on gruelling muddy obstacle race to raise money for Blesma and they want you to join them!

A group of wounded veterans are taking on the menacing Nuclear Races in May and they’re not letting their injuries stop them.

Blesma are partnering with Nuclear Races in Brentwood for their award winning fun, tough and gritty obstacle race on 13 May. With a Blesma dedicated wave at 12:40 and 500 places to fill, wounded Veterans are asking you to take part alongside them to complete this gruelling 7k race.

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Wiltshire Corporal pushes himself to the limit for military charity

An Army Corporal from Salisbury will be running the Atlantic Coast Challenge this October for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

The Atlantic Coast Challenge is a three day running event starting on Friday 7 October 2016 which takes participants along the Cornish coast. Runners start in Padstow and take on 78.6 miles over three days, the equivalent of a marathon each day, finishing in Land’s End.

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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge raises £5,400 for The Soldiers’ Charity

A 25-mile challenge to scale the three highest peaks in Yorkshire saw 27 participants raise £5,400 for The Soldiers’ Charity on a sunny September weekend. The challenge saw some of those taking part walk and others run, with the quickest team – two soldiers from 2 YORKS – completing it in 5 hours and 13 seconds.

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