140 wounded, injured and sick took part in the annual Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon today with everyone achieving their own personal bests.
Help for Heroes are delighted to support the event in partnership with the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) which provides a platform for competition as part of individual’s recovery through sport.
Participants ranged from an 18 year old recruit through to a 63 year old veteran. The event also saw participants from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC).
In its third year, the Royal Marine Rehabilitation Triathlon was open to individual contestants and teams and was made up of an adaptive swim, cycle and indoor rowing. Participants took part in either the 15km or 29km distance.
Sergeant Ryan Morris, Event Organiser, Royal Marine Rehabilitation Triathlon, said: “To be involved in adapted sport is an honour and a privilege. To witness and experience the courage, commitment and determination shown by 140 participants today was inspirational. Personal boundaries were tested, mental health issues were overcome and new friendships were formed. Furthermore, the support provided by H4H and RMCTF was pivotal to the success of this year’s event. I would also like to thank the United States Marine Corp and Royal Netherlands Marine Corp for attending this event for a second year.”
With participants ranging in from 18 to 62, the event saw men take on women and recruits in training take on Veterans but all battling to prove there is life beyond injury or illness.
The event also included competitors who took part in the 2014 Invictus Games - the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women launched by Prince Harry.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “We’re delighted to have supported the Royal Marine Rehab Triathlon again this year. Sport can have such a big impact providing key physical and psychological benefits to an individual including a sense of purpose, increase in self-confidence and belief - something often missing after a life-changing injury or illness. We’re incredibly grateful for the public’s support who make our work providing life-long support.”
To get involved in next year’s event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org