Abergavenny ex-soldier forced to abandon walking challenge
12:17pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Gwent news
AN ABERGAVENNY ex-soldier who has raised more than £200,000 for charity over the past 30 years was forced to abandon his latest challenge for health reasons.
Ian Waddell,76 of Monmouth Road was more than halfway through his 60 mile-walk in 40 hours non-stop over the Black Mountains when he took the decision not to continue.
The former parachute regiment soldier who has run across the Sahara and walk 2,000 miles around England, set off from Abergavenny last Thursday, in a bid to raise over £500 for the Pilgrim Bandits, a charity that helps injured veterans.
His route took him via Llanthony, across Offa’s Dyke to Black Hill where he was hit by strong winds and severe chill. Mr Waddell passed Hay Bluff, the Gospel Pass but began to suffer with arthritis in his feet on reaching Twmpa.
He said: “Due to these problems my concentration lapsed and near Rhos Dirion I missed a track and we were well off course and this coupled with the fact that painkillers were just making me ill. I took the decision to get off the mountain due safety reasons.”
Mr Waddell kept himself warm in a survival blanket until back-up arrived just before 5am on Friday morning.
“Whilst not a complete success 40-plus miles was not too bad under all the conditions."
“I would like to pay tribute to all who supported me and apologise for not completing but am assured not a bad effort for a 76yr old.”
Despite not finishing Mr Waddell has raised more than £500 for charity.
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