‘300km in 28 days’ Challenge
Throughout the month of February 2021, 14 members of 54 Signals Unit embarked on a gruelling challenge that involved either running, walking, or cycling over a distance of 300km in just 28 days – if you were wondering, that’s around 11km every day.
Whilst doing so, the team aimed to raise money for the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). CALM is a leading movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK, and the cause of 18 deaths every day.
The team pushed on through highs of 17°C and lows of -7°C, in snow, rain, and wind. And for some people, fitting their activity of choice into their daily schedules meant getting out as early as 0500 or as late as 2300. Despite such harsh conditions, they managed to remain in high spirits throughout the course of the challenge, motivating and encouraging each other along the way, along with giving advice on how best to treat blisters- of which there were many!
A huge well done to everyone who participated, including: Sgt Makeda Dearden, Sgt Dave Stewart, Sgt Ian Walker, Cpl Jake Attrill, Cpl Tom Brooks, SAC Tom Jarvis, SAC Holly Marshall, SAC Mike Mugford, SAC Jack Parsons, SAC Scarlett Philips-Rogers, SAC Charlotte Scott, SAC Alex Smith, SAC Harriet Van Houben, and SAC Ste Walker. As a collective, the team managed to cover a distance of over 3800km, along with raising a whopping £5,250 for CALM.
The fundraising was achieved through sponsorship of the team members on a Just Giving page set up by Cpl Tom Brooks. This charity is of personal importance to himself and several other members of the team after their friend and former service colleague James Yeo took his own life in 2018. CALM were able to offer support to James’ family and help them through the dark times which follow such a horrific tragedy. For more information on the support CALM offer, please visit www.thecalmzone.net
SAC Holly Mashall (54 SU)