Killamarsh soldier gets set for gruelling charity challenge

Sgt James Gordon from Killamarsh
Sgt James Gordon from Killamarsh

A Killamarsh soldier is taking part in a gruelling ultra triathlon with his Battery to raise money in support of fellow soldiers.

Sgt James Gordon, aged 31, will be part of a relay team embarking on a 1,200km journey from Edinburgh to the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium.

Major Norman Ramsay

Major Norman Ramsay

The charity relay, in June, is being completed by the H Battery, which was the troop of Captain Norman Ramsay in the 1800s.

A team including Sgt Gordon will cycle from Ramsay’s grave in Edinburgh to Dover; a second will swim across the English Channel to Calais; and then a third will run from Calais to Waterloo, where Ramsay died in battle.

Sgt Gorgon, who is part of the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery based in Salisbury, said: “We are training after work and in our own time. We have been covering on average 50 miles in each training session but this is only half the distance as we will be covering 100 miles a day on the challenge.

“With each ride the boys and girls are getting stronger and improving so much. The swimmers are doing two sessions a day and every Wednesday they are doing an open water swim to get used to the open sea.”

H Battery

H Battery

Sgt Gordon said he has been in the Army for 14 years but his major challenges so far have been preparing to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

He said: “I have never pushed myself as much as I am doing for this, it’s going to be hard but once complete the sense of achievement will be so high for myself and others.

“The historical focus on the Battle of Waterloo encourages us to compare 19th century war principles with modern comparators and highlight the continued role of the Artillery in modern warfare.”

During their challenge, the soldiers will stop off in Sheffield and Doncaster as they are two of the Regiment’s recruiting towns.

The challenge will raise money for ABF The Soldier’s Charity, which supports serving and retired soldiers and their families.

For more information, visit the ‘Waterloo Warriors Challenge’ Facebook group.

You can make a donation by texting HBTY99 and the amount you wish to give to 70070, for example HBTY99 £3 to 70070.