Hi, and thank you for taking the time to visit my Just Giving page. I plan to run 500 competitive miles by taking part in all 7 of the Ultra Challenge events over 5 months with each being 100 km's plus. Thus completing what in running terms is a Grand Slam of events and finishing off with and 8th Ultra the Long Mynd to make the 500 miles.
This will all be in aid of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital and their wonderful Veterans Clinic.
My biggest support Gaynor, having served and suffered an injury during her service, has lived with a damaged and painful knee and leg for more years than I can remember. However 7 months ago that all changed and it was down to a Consultant Military orthopaedic surgeon and his team at the RJAH. As a Medical Officer in both the Gulf War and more recently in Afghanistan, where he was involved in treating injured troops. He has a special clinical interest in hip and knee replacements and in trauma, also being a Military Consultant this has helped him understand the experiences and expectations of Veteran patients.
The RJAH provides an NHS service exclusively for Veterans. That service is open to all those who have served with the UK military, including National Service, and treats arthritic lower limb problems, especially those requiring hip and knee replacements.
So in my attempt to say "thank you" to the RJAH for all they have done for my Biggest Supporter and to help further develop the Veterans Clinic, I have taken on the challenge of running jogging these Seven 100km plus races and to put the cherry on top of the cake, finish off with the Long Mynd event, in addition challenging the Military Consultant Surgeon to join me for this last race, because I might be in need of his services at the end of this, what i believe is a mammoth challenge.
Presently I am just focused on finishing just the Isle of Wight Challenge but I must admit to looking forward to completing all 8 races over the 5 months. I know it's going to be a great experience and worth all the effort and time spent on the road, trail or in the gym. If you have ever done 100km in a week during your training, you know what 100km looks like. But doing this Grand Slam Challenge each within one day (or less) is just going to be an extraordinary experience
So please dig deep there are Veterans out there old and young alike who can benefit from this wonderful little known service.
Who can attend the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service?
Veterans who are serving or have served with the UK Military, including National Service, who require treatment for arthritic lower limb problems, especially those requiring hip and knee replacements.How can I be referred to the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Service?
Via your G.P.
for more information visit: http://www.rjah.nhs.uk/veterans
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