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‘Daily challenges are vital for building resilience’ By Former Special Forces Sergeant Major Gaz Banford Human beings need daily challenges. We may dream of a life of leisure, but that’s all that really is, a dream. It is healthy for us to be challenged on a daily basis – we need it, and we thrive on it, whether we realise it or not. The military gives you this. You have a structure, you have challenging things to do every day. It may seem tough to the outsider, but this kind of life is very rewarding because every day you are...

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‘I don’t want to relax, someone is sitting on my chest’ Juniour Mcilhiney is a former Royal Marines Commando who was hit by an IED on his second tour of Afghanistan, sustaining serious back injuries. After intensive rehabilitation he was medically discharged in 2015. A keen boxer since he was a child, Juniour’s injuries left him unable to train in the sport he loved. He missed boxing and he missed the Marines, so could jiu-jitsu be the answer? Juniour knew about the work Sam Sheriff was doing with REORG, but something was holding him back. “Sam kept talking to me...

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'Think 5k is easy? Try running it with your arse cheeks' By Mark Ormrod MBE, REORG Trustee. Shaving off my hair and beard was phase one of my REORG fundraising drive, and I am very grateful to everyone that contributed. Phase two is not going to be quite so easy – I am going to do a 5K run. If you think 5,000 metres sounds easy, I will briefly explain what it is like when you are a triple amputee. When an able-bodied person walks, your toes, ankles, calf muscles, quads and glutes, all work in harmony to propel you...

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'Battling terrifying Atlantic waves ‘like going for a row with friends’ For a lot of people, tackling ocean waves in a small rowing boat for six weeks is the stuff of nightmares. For four Royal Marines – two serving, two Veterans – it was the chance to do what they do best: work as a team and get through it, no matter how tough the task may be. Two injured former Marines, Juniour Mcilhiney and Will Schweppe, joined serving Marines David Bruce and Samuel Edwards on a 3,000-mile unsupported row from Gran Canaria to Barbados. They escaped the UK before...

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'3000ft rope climb was a painful challenge I won’t forget' - By Sam Sheriff Some challenges are a lot tougher than you think they will be. But because they’re super tough, they end up being the most rewarding. Back in 2010 we were raising money to build a new memorial garden at 45 Commando to give the lads, family and friends a place to reflect and remember. Everyone was getting involved, doing what they could to raise money. I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done before, but also that was a fitting tribute to the Royal Marines. As a...

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