CSJT Mark Holloway will always indebted to the assistance Help for Heroes gave him from the moment an IED explosion caused the serious and permanent injury to his arm in December 2011. H4H not only supported Mark at Camp Bastion in the immediate aftermath of the explosion but, later, back in the UK at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and at the Defence Medical Rehabilitaion Centre, Headley Court. Mark also enrolled in the Military to Mentors scheme which is funded by H4H.
After 6 weeks of training, this enabled Mark to volunteer, mentoring misguided and troubled teenagers at exclusion units in Manchester. His rehabilitation took 13 months and the impact that Help for Heroes had on Mark was one of great gratitude and his personal desire was to offer something back to them. Wanting to do his bit, Mark signed up to a Tough Mudder event in 2013. However, this was only the start and he decided to aim high in order to encourage people to donate more and also as a personal challenge. Therefore he decided to compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder later that year. As gratitude to his efforts, Help for Heroes made Mark an official ambassador.
To date, he has completed 12 UK Tough Mudders and in November 2014, he returned to World’s Toughest Mudder, in Las Vegas, to take part in his second World’s Toughest Mudder. The event attracted 750 entrants with the aim to do multiple laps of the course over 24 hours. This year, competitors endured blazing sun and sand storms and not only did Mark continue for the full allotted time, but he ran an amazing 65 miles and finished in the top 30.
Mark is incredibly proud to represent and promote the British Army, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and Help for Heroes which is something he is passionate about. To date, the World’s Toughest Mudder finalist has raised nearly £10,000.
Visit Mark's Just Givng page here.
Article courtesy of muddyrace.co.uk