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WWTW supporter, Mark Harding,

WWTW Supporter, Mark Harding was paralyzed from the neck down whilst serving in the Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Through years of rehabilitation and medical support, he learnt to walk again, and in 2021, Mark took on WWTW’s Cumbrian Challenge, tackling the Peak route. In our latest blog, we find out more about his time in the Armed Forces, why he’s supporting WWTW and why he is returning to the Lake District in May this year.

1. Why are you supporting Walking With The Wounded?
I had always wanted to try the Cumbrian Challenge. It looked like a fantastic event that helped to raise money for a great cause.
I also love the fact Walking With The Wounded supports veteran mental health and through events like the Cumbrian Challenge, the Charity also supports the idea that fitness is a foundation that you can build on.

2. How did it feel to cross the finish line at the Cumbrian Challenge last year?
Crossing the finish line felt amazing! It felt even better when I helped someone who was struggling at the start who was going to call it a day.  I stopped and talked to her and told her just to walk with me and gave her the belief that she could complete the Cumbrian challenge. Crossing the finish line with the team felt fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

3. What inspired you to return to the hills this year?
I am returning this year to get my team back together. The Cumbrian Challenge is a brilliant team building event, it’s all about the people to your left and right.
Moreover, everyone who takes part in the event is there to raise money to support veterans and their families and ultimately to support a great cause -Walking With The Wounded.  

4.  What advice would you give anyone who is thinking about signing up to take part?
That’s easy. Don’t hesitate to sign up. Everyone who takes part in the Cumbrian Challenge is so friendly and very helpful. If you’re struggling out on the hills people around you will support you to complete the challenge and cross the finish line.  
I can’t wait to go back this year and I can’t wait to see you there!