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Wounded soldiers to take on Arch to Arc challenge

Wounded soldiers to take on Arch to Arc challenge

Published at 7:38am 25th September 2015. (Updated at 7:10pm 25th September 2015)

A North Yorkshire serviceman, injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, is joining other veterans in the so-called "hardest triathlon in the world".

Rob Cromey-Hawke, from Cowling, is in a team with five others for the Help for Heroes Enduroman Arc to Arch challenge.

In total, 24 wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans - part of a group from Help for Heroes - are the first disabled group to take on the challenge.

The 300-mile triathlon includes an 87-mile run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, a swim across the English Channel and a 181-mile cycle to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Rob said: "We're hoping for our team to be somewhere as close as we can to 35-36 hours.

"We've looked at it, and as long as the tides and currents are kind to us on the swim, we feel that we might be able to challenge the able-bodied record."

The group have been training for nine months, having taken on various events and challenges to prepare them for what lies ahead.

Some of the training events alone have been significant and have included the Bolton Ironman, Cotswold Classic and 113 events, as well as bespoke open water swim camps in order to prepare for the conditions of the Channel.

Mark Airey, Strength and Conditioning Co-ordinator at Help for Heroes, said: "It's fantastic that the group have come so far to this point.

"Challenges like Arch to Arc provided our wounded with a sense of purpose and confidence in what they can achieve, this has proven to be of particular importance to this group.

"All of these benefits can be translated outside of sport and into day-to-day life; sport helps with coping strategies and resilience - which is so important on an individual's recovery journey."

The team are being supported by former model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd, who will be outriding on the run and cycle routes.

To support the team on their incredible journey, visit

Rob Cromey-Hawke

Rob Cromey-Hawke in training