Sports & Charity Round-up
Detailed below is a summary of some sports and charity events undertaken by JHC personnel:
Marathon des Sables 2013 was undertaken by both Capt Greg Conway from 144 Para Med Sqn and Capt Emma Lee Smith from 664 Sqn AAC. The event, considered to be one of the toughest in the world, is a 150 mile, self-sufficient, multi-stage race across the Sahara desert, carrying up to 12kg.
A team of paras from 3 PARA paddled 444-miles through the wilderness of northern Canada to raise money for injured colleagues. The three two-man teams included soldiers injured on operations, competed in the Yukon River Quest, a four-day canoe race down the Yukon River. The teams crossed the finishing line in second, third and fourth places in their class and raised £5,899 for Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust in the process.
A Team from 7 Bn REME entered a team in the annual Royal Navy Field Gun Competition at HMS Collingwood. The team made it through to their final, but were beaten by HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton)
Whilst deployed on Op Herrick with the Joint Aviation Group (JAG), Maj John Morton-Race (AAC) undertook a challenging cycle and row of 5562km (the distance from Camp Bastion to London) in aid of Cancer research UK.
Sixteen Royal Navy and RAF personnel from 28 (AC) Sqn carried out an epic cycle: 1,000 miles from RAF Benson, Oxfordshire to Milan, Italy. As well as conquering the mammoth journey, they raised funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, and Forces Children’s Trust.