A 400km fundraising desert trek – the Grenadier Walk of Oman – by wounded ex-military personnel, was officially launched on September 9 in London.
Hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London – the oldest regiment in the British Army, dating back to 1537 – the evening threw spotlight on the ongoing hard work and commitment of the six candidates who are involved in the expedition and the challenge that lies ahead.
Formed of five ex-military personnel and one member still currently serving, all six of the team have physical or cognitive injuries and will tackle one of their toughest challenges yet, as they pull a custom-built cart weighing in excess of 300kg (around three times their own bodyweight) across the dunes of the Empty Quarter, or Rub al Khali, over the course of 21 days.
Organised by military charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW), the Walk of Oman expedition will start on November 20 and end on December 11.
It is further supported by the Royal Office of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and is being organised in partnership with the Omani Armed Forces.
The guests were treated to a special video from Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in his role as the official Expedition Patron.
Discussing the difficult trek that lies ahead of the team participating in the Grenadier Walk of Oman, the Duke of Sussex shared a message of good luck and highlighted the continued support WWTW provides to ex-servicemen and women.
Prince Harry said in the message, “I want to personally congratulate the UK team members on their selection and wish them well as they prepare for the epic journey that they will be embarking on. You represent the whole veteran community and I have no doubt that through this opportunity you’ll demonstrate the resilience, the courage and the talent that exists within those who have served.”
The team will trek between 20km to 22km per day. Temperatures will reach 35°C and around 550,000 steps will be taken across the Omani desert.
The Grenadier Walk of Oman marks the team’s fifth international expedition.