Adventurer & Explorer
Sunday 23 February
A little bit about Darren
Through his exceptional leadership skills as a Soldier in the British Army, where he was also a Physical Training Instructor ensuring soldiers were ‘fit to fight’, Darren received a recommendation for Her Majesty The Queen’s Commission and became a Captain at the age of 29 before being medically discharged with physical and mental injuries received during the Iraq war. Darren went on to become a Gold Medallist and record breaker representing Team UK in the Warrior Games 2018 in the 100m and 200m sprint. Darren overcomes his PTSD by getting out into the great outdoors and doing regular physical exercise. He also delivers combat-based leadership and motivational speaking across the UK.
In January 2020, Darren is tackling the coldest and toughest ultra in the world. This self-sufficient race will see him run, walk (and maybe even crawl!) 300 miles over the Yukon Arctic in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees. This race is notorious for failure due to the following dangers: dehydration, hypothermia, frostbite, overturning of ice rocks, falling through thin ice, avalanche, equipment failure, animals, serious physical (amputation) and/or mental trauma and injury, including death.
Also, in 2020 Darren will be running from Tidworth to Catterick to Colchester and back to remember the 1441 lives lost during the war on terrorism in Northern Ireland. Darren will be using OS maps to plot his 610-mile run.
Darren is a regular speaker at the Motorhome & Caravan Show and the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, inspiring the show audiences to get outside and explaining the health benefits it leads to.
Through the Event partnership and ahead of his 2020 challenges, Darren has become an ambassador for both Vango and Osprey who supply his kit and accessories.