Team True Spirit are the Help for Heroes long distance challenge team and is made up of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving soldiers and veterans.
Originally formed at Headley Court, to give the injured guys returning from Afghanistan something to train for and for the seriously injured guys (traumatic blast injuries, amputees, bullet and shrapnel wounds etc.) showing that their life was not over but was just going to be different and they could still be involved in training, challenges and sport.
Last year the team took part in the Lakeland 50 and the Lakeland family accepted them with open arms. The teams are made up of both males and females and there are a huge range of injuries, from ABI (acquired brain injuries), blast injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) to visual impairments and hearing problems.
Last year, several of the team completed the 50 mile challenge within the qualification time and will be on the start line for the 100 mile event in 2017. Having just completed the Bolton Ironman event (last weekend), they are ready for whatever challenges the Lakeland 50 & 100 will throw at them.