Why did you sign up to the MdS?
I actually signed but after a stroke of good luck. I have always wanted to complete the race and it just so happened I mentioned it in conversation with another Officer in the mess who was looking for a running partner. Once I found out he was running for WWTW I was onboard, no questions asked.
After four tours of Afghanistan my Battalion had seen it fair share of combat. With that had come some, not many, injuries to soldiers so I have seen first hand the recover process these men go through. With that in mind I have always focused my charitable donations to those charities that go the extra mile for ex-servicemen and women. I think WWTW do this in the best possible ways and with true spirit.
How’s your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far?
My training is going extremely well. Its part of my job to do quite a lot of weighted runs so I have been focusing on extending the distance of my sessions. Next month I am doing the all arms pre-parachute fitness course, also known as P Company, four weeks of weighted runs, distance running and obstacle course. This will be great for my endurance and to practice my recover.
What do you see as the biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge throughout this whole experience will be keep myself motivated to step out the front door onto the freezing Yorkshire Dales, in the dark of the morning and then again in the fading light of the evening. I challenge that I happily accept and will overcome.
What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS?
My luxury during the MdS will be my down jacket that will keep me nice and warm in the evenings. It may take up a little too much space but for that comfort in the evenings I will gladly carry it.
What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?
Some homemade biltong will be coming along with me to add something different to my palate.
What will you be listening to on your iPod?
The one thing I love to run with in my ear is an epic audiobook. I can escape the pain of a long distance run when I am too focused on a narrative. For MdS I think I will take on a weighty tome. Then, after the days running has been completed, some tropical house to chill out with in the evenings.
Is there anything which you know you will be looking forward to at the end, before even beginning?!
Hopefully after the event has finished I can start to plan and look forward to my next adventure for WWTW.