Big hearts key as 1RAR team joins Ox­fam char­ity chal­lenge

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

IT WILL be mind over mat­ter for sol­diers from the 1st Bat­tal­ion this month when they rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the an­nual United King­dom Trail­walker chal­lenge.

Two ri­fle­men, a mor­tar man and a me­chanic from 1RAR have been cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the two- day event, fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion by the Com­man­dant of the Queen’s Gurkha Sig­nals.

The event will take place over the pe­riod of July 25 to 26 and en­tails over 450 four- per­son teams which have to cover 100km on foot within 30 hours over the South Downs be­tween Portsmouth and Brighton.

The event will mark the 200th an­niver­sary of the Brigade of Gurkhas’ ser­vice to the Crown and com­mem­o­rate the An­zac Cen­te­nary with funds raised to go to­wards the sup­port of cur­rent and exserv­ing mem­bers of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

This is needed even more to­day af­ter the earth­quakes in Nepal last month with funds also to go to Ox­fam and their world­wide ef­forts in of­feri port to those in need.

Of­fi­cer in charge of the del­e­ga­tion, C David Mitchell said the team of four would com­panied by two sup­port staff which woul them at the nine check points, pro­vid­ing wa food if re­quired.

“The team was se­lected quite late so at t ment we’re now week two of train­ing,” he sa

“So far we’ve done a 25km walk from Mt … there’s also been some weight train­ing in swimming in­volved, stretch­ing.

“The guys are a bit con­cerned about the d but with the train­ing they are do­ing, that sho them up to achieve that.

“It’ll be mind over mat­ter for them. They there as a team so they will be push­ing eac along and they know it’s for char­ity and th some­thing they will prob­a­bly never get the to do again.”

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

DAUNT­ING TASK: Pte Scott Stacey will lead Pte Vi­tale John­ston, Pte Jason Dea­con- Shaw and Pte Sean Do­herty in the Trail­walker chal­lenge, where they will have to cover 100km in 30 hours.

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