THE TEAM

An introduction to The Shepway Veterans

When asked for a bio, some people take it seriously, others make it their own.  We are a diverse group of guys, willing to risk it all for the greater good.  Here is a little snippet of who is who and why they are taking part in the challenge. 

 

ALISTAIR

Name: Alistair Hammond

Age: 48 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

To raise money, awareness of men's cancers, challenge myself to get fitter, lose weight and conquer my fear of heights with like-minded menfolk.

Why is the cause important to you?

My father-in-law died from Prostrate cancer late 2017 and I feel I need to do this to raise the profile of men's cancer and make a difference for those suffering today.

Who do you admire & why?

I admire people who strive to make a difference in all they do-but mostly I admire my wife, children, and extended family who manage to put up with me and my foibles!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Determined, caring, humorous

What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

I like to motivate and empower people to strive to be the best. I enjoy being part of a team and working together to achieve a shared goal.....sounds ideal when trying to complete a challenge like this?

 

KAI

Name: Kayrul Meah

Age: 48 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

It's a personal challenge in a year that I want to set the momentum and tone for the rest of my life - pushing the boundaries of what I can achieve whilst enjoying life. I also want to be able to walk up a hill without thinking of hailing a taxi.

Why is the cause important to you?

I have lost loved ones to cancer, we all have and we should never take life for granted. The cause is giving something back.

Who do you admire & why?

The strong women in my life. My mother is a huge inspiration - self-taught to become great at what she does. She has been my beacon and role model. My wife is my rock - she has never shied away from adversity whilst having a wonderful outlook on life. Both are rooted and have a tremendously balanced view of life. They ground me and make me who I am.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Caring - Cheeky - Fastidious

What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

I don't feel pain - like Arnie in Terminator (I wish). I have empathy (a bit like Arnie in Terminator 2).

 

BRIAN

Name: Brian Begley

Age: 53 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

It’s a good cause, one that’s personal to me and a great reason to get fitter
Why is the cause important to you?

My father died of prostate cancer 35 years ago.


Who do you admire & why?

No one person, in particular, I admire people who reach the top in their chosen field and who remain decent people.


Describe yourself in 3 words:

Quiet, active and independent ​


What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

Determination, I like to finish what I start.


 

ADY

Name: Adrian Morris 

Age: 46 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

Mostly for the challenge and to get fit but also to prove to myself that I can do it.

Why is the cause important to you?

After fighting testicular cancer successfully I understand the importance of cancer research, treatments, and support networks.

Who do you admire & why?

Anybody that is striving to be a better, healthier person.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

On a mission.

What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

The capability to carry many and varied snacks.

 

SIMON

Name: Simon Holder

Age: 52 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

Challenge and a good cause.

Why is the cause important to you?

Raising awareness of a big problem amongst men of my age.

Who do you admire & why?

Patti Smith singer-writer and all round amazing humanitarian. 

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Creative nature lover.

What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

Enjoyed many mountain adventures over the years.

 

MARK

Name: Mark Buck 

Age: 52 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

To raise awareness and money for male cancers and to show my children that despite my age, I’m not yet over the hill just yet and I will achieve this by actually getting over 3 hills.

Why is the cause important to you?

I’m a man. It’s important to raise awareness for male cancers. I have a father and a son. If my exploits can encourage one man to seek medical advice if he has concerns, then the hard work has been worthwhile.

Who do you admire & why?

Anthony Joshua. He is a hard working dedicated athlete at the top of his game. He has overcome adversity through his teenage years. He comes across as a true Gentlemen and he’s a great role model, supporting charities and helping disadvantaged children.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Bald. Bearded. Tattooed.

What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

I have time, I have the energy, I have the determination and I have a beard, how can I fail?

 

MARTIN

Name: Martin Flood

Age: 50 

Why are you doing the 3 peaks?

In the past, I have been an enthusiastic runner taking part in the London Marathon and running many half marathons, one of which was the Lewa Half Marathon in Kenya. I also represented Northern Ireland in race walking and still enjoy playing football, having recently qualified to play for the local men’s walking football team!  I am a military veteran and am looking to test myself with a number of new challenges which allow me to meet new people and push the boundaries. The 3 Peaks are one of the many challenges that remain on my ‘life’ bucket list. The chance to complete an arduous event such as the 3 Peaks that pushes me, both physically and mentally, with likeminded guys is an opportunity that I could not turn down.

Why is the cause important to you?

Raising money for Tackle Prostate is a cause that is close to my heart, my family and my friends. My father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is undergoing treatment, also my wife’s grandfather died from the disease.  At the moment I’m fit and healthy and want to do something that will make a difference by raising money to tackle this indiscriminate but devastating disease amongst men of all ages.

Who do you admire & why?

Sir Ranulph Fiennes due to his dogged determination, commitment and focus to succeed when faced with fear on his numerous adventures. It would be wrong not to mention a fellow RAF Regiment veteran Duncan Slater who became the first ever double amputee to race to the South Pole in 2013 and the Marathon Des Sables in 2017 – if I had an ounce of his determination and courage, no challenge is beyond us.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Committed, Approachable & Reliable 

What skill do you have that will help you accomplish the challenge?

The ability to navigate and work under pressure when faced with difficult decisions are key skills that have been part of my military career which will once again be put to the test to help us all complete this challenge.