Having spent over 25 years working in the City, enjoying the hospitality and bereft of exercise other than amateur veterans rugby I am of ‘comfortable proportions’. In 2011 following the first WWTW expedition to the North Pole I got in touch with Simon Daglish (co-founder of the charity and someone I was at school with) to see if I could raise some funds through organising a small dinner in London. Dags brought Jaco Van Gass (North Pole and Everest expedition member) along to the dinner and I had the pleasure of sitting next to him. Jaco had the audience enthralled with his story and inspired by his amazingly positive outlook following his injuries. Jaco and the team were preparing for the attempt by the WWTW team to climb Everest in 2012 and the opportunity arose to trek to base camp as part of the support for the incredible challenge and raise funds. Frankly this was the kick that I needed to go out and do something energetic for an excellent cause and in May 2012 I was among a group of trekkers led by two wounded soldiers, Charlie Russell and Mani Rai, who joined the team at Everest Base Camp. Through spending time with the whole team at EBC I realised the true extent of some of the injuries faced by our servicemen and women and the duty we have to ensure that those who cannot serve any longer are given the opportunity to find viable alternatives. The whole experience made me vow to continue in trying to support the charity in any way I could. So why the MDS? I had read about the race years ago and then picked up some of the blogs from the WWTW fundraisers in this years event and it intrigued me. A chance meeting with Ibi at the London marathon registration, where he told me he was running the MDS in 2015, was enough to make me think of this as the next big challenge. So…. roll on the early morning runs, the aches, the blisters and the time in the gym, all in the knowledge that compared to the wounded personnel I have met this is nowhere near the challenge they face everyday. I hope that the money raised will make a real difference to WWTW and all the wounded, injured and sick they help. You sponsor Ian here.