A team of adventurers are attempting to reach the summit of Mount Everest. What makes them special? They are each disabled in one way or another.
The Adaptive Grand Slam team are attempting to become the first disabled team to climb the 7 highest peaks in the World as well as reaching the North and South Poles. They have learnt to climb using modified techniques and equipment in order to take on the world’s most challenging mountains.
The Everest team first attempted to reach the summit in 2012 with Walking With The Wounded. Disappointingly the expedition was called off due to bad weather and extreme danger on the slopes but the team are hopeful of better conditions this April 2019.
Two of the Everest team are ex-PARAS Martin Hewitt and Terry Byrne who were both wounded on operations in Afghanistan whilst serving with The Parachute Regiment.
A team of serving Paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, have won the Commando Speed March 2019.
This event is open only to serving soldiers and tests them over the course that prospective Commandos would have to complete.
The origins of the Spean Bridge Commando Speed March can be dated back to 1940, then however, this test was the first hurdle for would-be volunteers for Commando Training at Achnacarry House (Castle Commando) having just transited by rail for fourteen hours.
On arrival at Spean Bridge Station, the prospective Commandos would load kit bags onto a waiting truck and, under the lead of the staff, would then under take the 6.9 miles at the double, carrying battle order and rifle (weight 36lbs) to the grounds of Achnacarry House.
During 1996, it was decided to reconstruct the original World War II Commando speed march to raise funds for the Commando Benevolent Fund and SUPPORT OUR PARAS as well as other charities. This has now become an established annual event attracting over 300 entrants a year.
The Grandads of the Atlantic have done it! They have rowed across the Atlantic and become WORLD RECORD holders as the oldest pair to row any ocean!
Neil and Peter crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on 13 February 2019 after being at sea for 63 days.
The pair of ex-PARAS said they had enjoyed the experience and were grateful to Pegasus (their boat) for looking after them so well and not capsizing them once.
During the crossing, they were lucky enough to see some incredible sights, including whales under the boat and a plucky seagull that befriended them, staying on the boat for a good 8 hours before flying off again. Airborne!
Neil & Peter were met at the finish line by their friends and family looking slightly thinner, very tanned and sporting some impressive beards!
Their fundraising page has now got over £30,000 for their three chosen charities – RBLI, Dreams Come True and SUPPORT OUR PARAS, with money still coming in from supporters. You can click here to sponsor them.
We are incredibly proud of these two former Paras, proving that age is just a number and that Paras really are ‘Ready for Anything’! Utrinque Paratus.
On 12 December, the Grandads of the Atlantic set off on their World Record Attempt to cross the Atlantic as part of The Talisker Atlantic Challenge.
Peter and Neil, former Officers in The Parachute Regiment, set off on 12 December from La Gomera in a race that will see them cross the Atlantic ocean before finally arriving in Antigua to cross the finish line.
They are hoping to set a new World Record as the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic with a combined age of 123!
Our Grandads have taken on this epic challenge to raise money for three charities; Royal British Legion Industries, Dreams Come True and Support Our Paras. We are honoured to have been chosen and have enjoyed supporting them through their training journey towards the start line for the past year.