A tale of true determination

My daily intake of regional, national and global news was lifted from the usual doom and gloom this morning, when I heard the amazing story of Steve Young; the Welsh guard who injured his back in an IED explosion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. After spending four months in bed, the fact that Steve is now up & walking is impressive in itself, but to top this he is going to join a group of other wounded soldiers hoping to trek to the North Pole.

The North friggin Pole.


The guy spent four weeks in Selly Oak hospital (Birmingham) and was confined to a spinal bed for a further four weeks. Just reading about this astounds me. The physical rehabilitation must have been immense, let along the emotional & psychological rebuilding this guy will have gone through. But rather than let it get him down, and beat him he said no. Hoping to raise £2,000,000, Steve & the team will be hitting the Arctic in March.

I know that different things impress different people, but come on, who isn’t going to be in impressed by this: the team will cover over 250 miles to hit the North Pole in less than four weeks. Each of them will pull sleds weighing more than 100kg in temps between -15c and -50c.

I think Prince Harry covers it well – “This polar adventure will exemplify the tenacity and courage of those who serve in uniform.”

I’m looking forward to following their journey.

Help for Heroes [21:21] Challenge


About benjonlambert

Mountain climber, marathon runner, Olympic torchbearer & ACF instructor amongst other things: "Success never came to those who weren't ready for a challenge"
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