Two men | the 5 biggest islands on earth | one world record

A former Royal Marine battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is about to embark on the third stage of his record attempt to cross the world’s five largest islands completely unsupported thanks to Help for Heroes funding.

Louis Nethercott, 28, of Wiltshire, will today begin his trek across Madagascar, travelling east to west following the historical lighthouses scattered across the coastline. He will be relying solely on human power to do so. He is being supported in his world record attempt by military charity, Help for Heroes, who have grant funded £10,000 for the expedition, the likes of which has never been attempted before. Help for Heroes is driven by the belief that those who put their lives on the line for us, deserve a second chance at life for them and their families.

He has already completed a 40-day gruelling trek across 1,395km of unforgiving jungle in Borneo, the first island in his Expedition Five challenge, and has traversed across Papua New Guinea, the second largest island on the planet at approximately 785,753 square kilometres. He is attempting to complete the challenge with his former comrade Anthony Lambert.

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