Arch to Arc training takes to the open water

Arch to Arc training takes to the open water

Help for Heroes’ Plymouth Recovery Centre, played host to around 20 wounded, injured and sick at a training weekend (25 – 26 April), who are all hoping to make it through selection to be part of the Help for Heroes team taking on the Enduroman Arch to Arch challenge in September.


The group took on the grueling training weekend, which included a focus on open water swimming, in a bid to take part in the challenge in September – which is billed as the hardest triathlon in the world.

Those in training cycled 20 miles from the Recovery Centre to Cawsand Beach where they took to the open water for the very first time. After the open water swim training, the group cycled back to their base before an afternoon pool session.

The ultra-distance triathlon requires relay teams to run 87 miles from Marble Arch, London to the Dover coast, to swim across the Channel, and finish with an 181 mile bike from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, and has never been attempted by a disabled team before.

All participants will be wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women that are beneficiaries of Help for Heroes, incorporating all abilities, using sport as part of their recovery journey.

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The on-going training programme is a part of Help for Heroes’ extensive Sports Recovery programme, and the challenge itself will begin on Saturday 26th September 2015.

Wounded, injured and sick military personnel, both serving and veterans, are welcome to take part in training before team selection takes place in June/July 2015. Those that don’t make a team will be encouraged to join the support crew for the event, including roles such as drivers and massage therapists, amongst others.

Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “Help for Heroes has always understood the important role sport plays in someone’s recovery, including the many physical and psychological benefits. The charity has been involved in triathlon from a grassroots to performance level for over four years. The Arch to Arc challenge provides a fantastic opportunity for wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans to use this exciting sport as part of their recovery journey and is a chance for individuals to have an experience that is life-enhancing, (and for some people even life-changing).”

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Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have offered 300 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level. 

For more information about how Help for Heroes can support you if you’re wounded, injured or sick, visit

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