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Gallowglass Security takes on Tough Mudder challenge for Rugby For Heroes

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  • 15th May 2014
  • By Alta Blue

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The Tough Mudder gauntlet, in support for “Rugby for Heroes” has been thrown down, and seized by Gallowglass Security, with alacrity! Four foolhardy souls from Gallowglass Security; Dave Jukes , Piers Routledge, George Mjavanadze and Stuart Rae have entered Tough Mudder London South (Matterley Bowl Winchester) on the 25th October 2014. Tough Mudder is a 10 – 12 mile obstacle course designed to test stamina, strength, teamwork and determination. This particular event is reputed to Europe’s most gruelling; with freezing water, electric shocks and high walls to scale, all featuring on a course whose terrain is uneven, steep and slippery.

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Special mention in this fundraising effort should go to Dave Jukes who, in addition to competing in Tough Mudder again, will be racing in the Shrewsbury Marathon on the 20th June and the Birmingham half Marathon on the 19th October. Very generously, he is dedicating his efforts in these two additional races in support of “Rugby for Heroes”.

Many at Gallowglass Security have prior military experience, and some have close links to the military through family. Those who have served understand implicitly the challenges and difficulties that service personnel face on their transition from military to civilian life.

Given the popularity of Rugby at Gallowglass, and nearly all have played at levels ranging from extra B to international, it was a natural choice to support the superb charity “Rugby for Heroes”. In short all at Gallowglass Security simply wish support those those who have risked and lost so much, on our behalf.

Rugby for Heroes” was established in 2011 by ex professional rugby players, and whose patron is Mike Tindall MBE, the distinguished English rugby player who was part of the England World cup winning team of 2003. Its aims, as cited from the “Rugby for Heroes” website, are too:

  • Offer a specialist support and mentorship programme to overcome the challenges associated with Post Operational Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Integrate our service personnel into the amateur rugby community network through local involvement, coaching opportunities, social and community support.
  • Provide professional players and coaches at military bases.

Our Managing Partner, a former British Army infantry officer with the Royal Irish Rangers and former rugby player at London Scottish says of our contribution:

“It was with great pride that I served with the British Army, and played rugby for London Scottish. I recognise that the values that underpin the military and the sport of rugby are closely interwoven, and so it seems only proper that we at Gallowglass Security support this magnificent cause.

What greatly concerns me is the unacceptably high levels of ex-service personnel who have failed to make the transition into civilian life, as evidenced by the high proportion that are currently homeless. “Rugby for Heroes” helps bridge this gap, with its imaginative initiatives.

I believe that support for “Rugby for Heroes” is more important than ever before. At the height of recent conflicts, press interest in the plight of military personnel enjoyed a very high profile.

With the scaling down of the over stretched and under resourced military’s involvement abroad; my concern is that there will no longer be sufficient press interest in the plight of our service personnel. The salient fact remains that whilst our involvement abroad may have diminished, the suffering of those adversely affected by it will not, and they cannot be allowed to suffer in silence.”

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