John-Michael Thurlbeck, a serving member of the Parachute Regiment, recently undertook a gruelling challenge of covering 450 miles on his bike, while climbing the UK's three tallest peaks.
In 2008 the record for this challenge was set by three adventurers who completed the feat in 46 1/2 hours, and John-Michael's aim was to beat this. Having lost good friends through modern conflicts he believes that everything possible must be done to support not only soldiers, but their friends and family's, who have had their lives effected by serving in the Armed Forces.
Supporting John-Michael on this challenge was his dedicated family who faced the early hours and long drive to ensure their son and brother had the best chance of breaking the record that stood in front of him. John-Michael started so well by climbing and descending Ben Nevis in a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes and then set off on the 450 mile ride to Scafell and then onto Snowdon. Unfortunately, with 140 miles under his wheels, at 5am John-Michael had to be taken off the road with a broken GPS and extreme fatigue,
Disappointment was high, however John-Michael is not a quitter and he ploughed on towards the mountains in the van with his support crew, and insisted on climbing them both. With his step-brother by his side John-Michael scaled them both and while not completing the full challenge he set himself, he did raise a great amount to support those who have had their lives altered by their time in the Armed Forces.