On 29th June 2017, Andy Reid and Glen Hughes paddled their way past the Houses of Parliament and underneath Westminster Bridge to signal the end of their epic, 14-day adventure, which began in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. Blood, sweat and tears were put into this enormously challenging feat, which saw both men cycle 400 miles and kayak an impressive 125 miles in just two weeks. They were also joined by Andy North, a cycling world record holder from Ultra6, who ran a marathon alongside them every day, for 10 days of the Challenge.
The Warrior Challenge honoured the memory of six men who lost their lives serving in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan in 2012, when their Warrior Armoured Personnel Carrier drove over an IED. Both Andy and Glen suffered life-changing injuries as a result of their service – Andy lost both legs and his right arm, whilst Glen is recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – a factor that only adds to their achievement in conquering this remarkable challenge.
Their journey served as a fitting tribute to all six soldiers, as their route led them through each of their respective hometowns, allowing them to pay their respects at their graves as well as stop off at the Headquarters of 3 YORKS in Warminster.
Although the Challenge is now over and Glen and Andy are taking some well-earned rest, the difficulties the two of them will face for years to come are ever-present. Donations are still being accepted on their fundraising page and, so far, just under £40k has been raised for this unbelievable feat, an impressive 80% of their £50k target. The money raised is to be split between both ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Style for Soldiers.
Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity adds: “This is a great challenge by Andy and Glen, and the Charity is proud to have them supporting us. It is a hugely fitting way for them to pay their respects to the memory of those soldiers that lost their lives while serving our country, and the money they raise will directly help soldiers and veterans, and their families, who need assistance at any time in their life. It will make a real difference.”