Surprise Army

Surprise Army

Army fundraisers dropped in at Tupton Hall School in the middle of a charity triathlon challenge.

The soldiers were nearing the end of 10 triathlons in 10 days as part of the Army Exercise Brownlee Baton.

Whilst having a breather they spent time educationg students about the varied roles available in the Army and the individual challenges they had faced in their careers.

"A lot of young people don't realise what's on offer in the Army. They think it's all about the infantry and war fighting. But there's everything from engineering and logistics to catering and medicine to get involved in," said Corporal Chris Smith who is based at the Army Careers Centre in Grimsby.

His colleague Craftsman Reece Watson, from the Nottingham outreach team, added: "We're also showing them the power of team work. We're nearing the end of this triathlon challenge and it's been a real team effort. That's one of the most important principles of Army life."

The 17 strong triathlon team have been cycling 50-60 miles a day, running 15 miles and swimming 1.5 miles. They started in Lincoln, have passed through Derbyshire and will end in Nottingham on Friday.

"Up to now we've covered a total of 350 miles on the bikes, we've run 65 miles and swam 9 miles," said Corporal Smith.

"We're raising money for a charity called Style For Soldiers. All our injured soldiers go for rehabilitation support at Headley Court in Surrey. Style For Soldiers kits them out with a bespoke fit smart shirt and hand carved walking stick - for those who need one. It's a big help for many who want to move forward and secure interviews and employment after their service has ended."

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