Bomb vic­tim in bootcamp boost

Army in­struc­tor dam­aged legs in ex­plo­sion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

A BUCKS man who sur­vived a road­side bomb in Afghanistan has taken to run­ning his own mil­i­tary-style bootcamp to help peo­ple reach their fit­ness goals.

Tim Jones, 26, orig­i­nally from Den­ham, has been run­ningBea­cons­field-based Mil­i­tary Spe­cific Fit­ness since Septem­ber last year.

Be­fore this he was a phys­i­cal fit­ness in­struc­tor in the Army when he was hit by a road­side bomb, in Novem­ber 2011.

Speak­ing about the blast, Mr Jones said: “We went on a rou­tine prac­tice in Hel­mand Prov­ince, on Novem­ber 20, when we were hit by an IED (im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice).

“Un­for­tu­nately the guy be­hind me was killed. We had two other ca­su­al­ties but they went straight back out and fin­ished the tour, but I had op­er­a­tion af­ter op­er­a­tion.”

Mr Jones even­tu­ally ended up hav­ing 16 op­er­a­tions on his legs. His right leg has re­cov­ered, but the left ‘will never be 100 per cent’. He said that he found it tough to cope im­me­di­ately af­ter and had a lot of guilt over his friend who had been killed.

“It was prob­a­bly harder men­tally and phys­i­cally at the be­gin­ning. I strug­gled in the first few years with the men­tal side of things,” he said. “I had a lot of guilt. I’ve had a lot of re­as­sur­ance, but there’s al­ways that el­e­ment. I was di­ag­nosed with post trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

“It was a tough year. I think I’m grad­u­ally now start­ing to see the benefits of ev­ery­thing I have done.

“Un­for­tu­nately, it was part and par­cel of what we go out there for.”

But Mr Jones, who now lives in Loud­wa­ter, has found a new lease of life run­ning the bootcamp at the Bea­con Cen­tre on Holt­spur Way.

He is pas­sion­ate about his fit­ness and through sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion man­aged to keep the bootcamp run­ning over a cold win­ter which saw num­bers rapidly decline.

He said: “If I can do it, then they can do it as well.”

He added: “I fully be­lieve it will be­come a popular thing. I think we proved last year in the win­ter we have the longevity and hope­fully we will see the busi­ness grow and we can help peo­ple try and reach their own fit­ness goals.”

Mil­i­tary Spe­cific Fit­ness is run­ning a free bootcamp at 11am on Satur­day at the Bea­con Cen­tre, Holt­spur Way.

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