Therapy through sport is working really well for me, it’s got me in such a good place. From a mental standpoint it’s worked wonders.
Glenn is a retired Sergeant, having served in the Royal Army Medical Corp. He suffers from PTSD but sport has proved to be the ideal treatment.
A fully qualified bike mechanic, Glenn had been a staunch mountain biker but turned to road biking after spending time with Help for Heroes: “Therapy through sport is working really well for me, it’s got me in such a good place. From a mental standpoint it’s worked wonders. It’s such a confidence boost, my self-esteem had been so low. It’s invaluable. I’ve barely had a bad day since I’ve started training for Arch to Arc.”
The 41 year old has even lost three stone so far. Not only that, he could barely swim when he started training in January. Now he enjoys getting in the water: “All your worries disappear, that form of escapism is great.”
On the eve of the challenge, Glenn and the team have admitted to having a few nerves: “We’ve been quite nonchalant about it but when you actually sit down and analyse what we’re doing and look at it in the bigger picture you realise how massive it is. It takes an hour and a half to get across the Channel on a boat and we’re going to swim across it!”