Justin Rowe and Terence Paul Gregg
On Tuesday 30th May, Justin Rowe, watch manager with red watch Malton & ex Commando Engineer and Terence Paul Gregg a firefighter with white watch York & ex-soldier) set off from York Fire Station to run 296 miles – 12 ultra-marathons in 12 days pulling a specially adapted Nomad trailer kindly supplied by Burley, Oregon USA, carrying their personal kit. The plan being to arrive on Saturday 11th June at Royal Marine Base, Chivenor, North Devon, the home of Justin’s former unit 24 Commando Engineer Regiment.
Day 1: A huge first day at 28.53 miles from York to Askem, South Yorks. This was an outstanding effort from Justin Rowe and Terrance Paul Gregg supporting VIA and veterans’ sufferng from PTSD.
Day 2: From Askern South Yorks to Clowne Derbyshire, 28.61 miles, with hills & hills. A huge thank you to Watch Manager Paul Lineker for the tray of sandwiches & Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service for hosting Justin and Terence for the night.
Day 3: From Clowne, Derbyshire to Drum Hill Scout Camp, Derbyshire 29.38 miles. An awesome effort from Rob Caven who drove 2 hrs to join Justin and Terence and then ran the full distance pulling the Nomad. Another huge thank you to Sarah who supplied refreshments.
Day 4: From Drum Hill Derbyshire to Lichfield, Staffordshire 36.72 miles. The longest day due to following National Cycle Path avoiding the A38, a little treat at the end of the day’s efforts, a Premier Inn to rest & recover.
Day 5: From Lichfield Staffordshire to Northfield, West Midlands 27.83 miles. A big thank you to West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service for hosting Justin and Terence for the night.
Day 6: From Northfield, West Midlands to Pershore, Worcestershire 29.53 miles. A total of 180.64 in the bag, thank you to Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service for hosting Justin and Terence for the night.
Day 7: From Pershore, Worcester to Gloucester South fire station, 24.65 miles. A day fighting the elements with a head wind & rain and both runners feeling good, thank you to Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service for hosting Just and Terence for the night.
Day 8: Gloucester to Patchway fire station, Bristol 29.42 miles. Another day fighting the elements with a head wind, rain & gales most of the day, great to have a brew with the duty crew, morale was high despite a couple of blisters. Thank you Avon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service for hosting Justin and Terence for the night.
Day 9: From Patchway fire station, Bristol to Brent Knoll, Somerset, 35.25 miles, more hills, headwind, and a major malfunction with the Nomad trailer, one of poles snapped. MJB Motorhome & Caravan kindly came to the rescue & repaired it, massive thank you to Tony and also the Battleborough Hotel who kindly let Justin and Terence stay the night.
Day 10: From Brent Knoll, Somerset to Seven Ash, Somerset the shortest day so far at 22.25 miles in light rain, headwind & the Quantock Hills. The end is now in sight! Thank you to the Old Stags Head B&B for hosting Justin and Terence for the night.
Day 11: Seven Ash to Exford Somerset 22.99 miles, the weather was sunny with a tail wind & the Quantock Hills. A big thank you to the Crown Hotel for kindly hosting Justin and Terence for the night. Day 12: From Exford to RMB Chivenor 59 Commando Reunion and joined by Stu Ward for the final leg. The weather was overcast & rain for the final 26.69 miles.
Total miles ran 344.66.
“I would like to give a big thank you to the duty fire & rescue crews that provided a meal & bed along the route and also the Battleborough Hotel, The Old Stag B&B & The Crown Hotel that hosted us for free.
Also a huge thank you to Rob Caven and Stu Ward who took time out to run a marathon & pull the Nomad, and finally to Terence Paul Gregg who ran with me for 12 days & smashed the miles”.
Billy MacLeod, Chief Operations Officer said:
“Just has done many challenges over the years and raised huge amounts for his chosen charities and Veterans In Action are extremely proud to have been the chosen charity for this event. These two veterans and fire fighters are a real inspiration to others in both the ex-service community and firefighting community who should be hugely proud of their efforts.
I would like to thank them both for their efforts, to all those who supported them throughout the huge challenge and last but not least to all those who donated, the funds raised will make a real difference to those we help”.
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