The Arch to Arc Teams
Twenty four wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans - part of a group from Help for Heroes – lined up on the start line as the first disabled group to take on the Enduroman Arch to Arc challenge on Friday 25 September.
Michelle Willson - ENABLE
Michelle is Andy Hawkett’s partner and is a member of the Band of Sisters (BoS). She has been with Andy every step of the way as he prepares for Arch to Arc: “When Andy read me the email he’d received from Help for Heroes regarding this challenge I said he must be out of his mind to even contemplate it! But we came away from Tedworth House with both of us signed up for swim camps, Ironman UK and the Arch to Arc challenge. I’d never taken part in a triathlon before, never swum in open water and had never ridden a road bike. The thought of it all was more than slightly overwhelming.
"But with the help and encouragement of the fantastic Help for Heroes staff I’ve achieved things this year that I never dreamt of doing. The benefits of exercise are massive both for physical and mental well-being. For Andy, training has been a huge part of his recovery and helps massively to keep his PTSD in check, as well as keeping him supple where his joints used to seize up. To be able to take part in this and other challenges gives him a personal challenge and goals to aim for, and as his BoS I’m very lucky to be able to be part of this and help him along the way. But, as well as the challenges we’re completing, we have met some truly inspirational people in the team who are overcoming life changing illnesses and injuries and who we’re now very proud to call friends. The grit and determination of these guys is phenomenal.”