Morson sponsors veteran in Jordan Ultra Marathon

Ultra Marathon
James Kenealey

by James Kenealey on

    CHARITY | 3 MIN READ

  • Following the successful Wilderness Challenge, veteran Jake takes on marathon challenge with Morson sponsorship

  • The Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon takes place in Jordan

Morson Group recently sponsored the Wilderness Navigators’ Mount Elbrus challenge, undertaken by two forces veterans to raise money for mental health and PTSD. Following the successfully completed expedition, we are delighted to be supporting one of the participants in their next challenge.

Armed forces veteran Jake Gardner will be taking part in the Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon in Aqaba, Jordan. Comprising 155 miles over five days, the Ultra Marathon takes place every year across sand dunes, dried up river beds and valleys.

“The longest stint of the marathon is the Wednesday, which is around 70km. The tough thing, apart from the distance, is going to be the heat. It’s probably going to be somewhere between 32 and 35 degrees throughout.”

Jake will also be battled against an old injury, one that he sustained in 2013 while serving with 15Sqn as a Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner in Afghanistan. This resulted in his medical discharge in 2015:

“My left arm essentially snapped in half. I’ve had quite a few issues with my lower back too. For training, I’ve been doing mobility stretches twice a day and if I run slower than 8 minutes a mile then I’m OK. That’s why I wanted to do the Ultra Marathon.”

Over the past few months, Jake has juggled training for two very different challenges, but found ways to combine the two:

“Training has been incorporating the training for the Wilderness and for the Marathon and sort of fitting them around each other. Running in Wales, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia. It’s the best of both worlds for the two experiences.”  

Jake has elected to raise money for a foundation that provides relief to those in need with a physical and mental disability or long-term illness.

“The charity I’m doing it for is The AGS Foundation. The reason for choosing them is because they’ve done a lot for me previously with being injured in Afghanistan. I did Aconcagua with them for the Adaptive Grand Slam. They were the guys who got me properly into mountaineering.”

Jake flew out to Jordan on 5th October and begins his challenge on the 7th.

“Fundraising target is £200 but anything more would be fantastic. I’ve already squeezed relatives and friends from the Wilderness!”

All at Morson wish him the very best of luck! Check back soon to find out how the experience was. Click here to make a donation

Currently, Morson Forces has in excess of 2,500 ex-military contract and permanent staff from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, working across a variety of client projects in the UK and overseas. Search our forces friendly jobs here.

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