Sappers to get Sandy in the Sahara!
Sappers taking on the Marathon des Sables to support WWTW
A team of Airborne Sappers are running the Marathon des Sables 2022 in aid of Walking With The Wounded. They have so far also completed a 24 hour Murph, each completing 75678 steps, running 26 miles, doing 1300 pull-ups, 2600 press-ups, and 3900 squats, as well as a 100km endurance challenge in honour of the late Captain Tom, raising £3,000.
However, there is a long way to go for the Sandy Sappers, who aim to raise £30,000 for the Charity. A 250km desert race over giant dunes, jebels, and baked dry river beds, the Marathon des Sables is reputed to be the toughest foot race on earth. It is a tall challenge, but not without precedent! Brig Joe Fossey ran as a Troop Commander when serving in 9 Para Sqn RE (top right). After seeing the small humble photo of the then Lt Fossey and his team at the finish line in 2001, the Sandy Sappers were inspired repeat his feat!
For their next fundraising effort, the Sandy Sappers will be walking from the Double Hills memorial in Somerset to Arnhem, arriving on Remembrance Sunday. In 1944, a Horsa glider crashed there, aboard were 21 Airborne Sappers and 2 glider pilots en route to the Netherlands, sadly all perished (right). The Sandy Sappers, from 23 Para Engr Regt, will complete their mission, by walking from the Double Hills Memorial in Paulton, to their old objective in Arnhem, honouring their Airborne Sapper forebears, and raising money for their chosen charity.
WWTW supports a pathway for disadvantaged veterans to re-integrate back in to society and sustain their independence, and provide long-term security for their families following military service. During and following the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of charities like WWTW is more vital than ever.