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Duo Prepare for Gruelling Mountain Challenge

Two members of staff will put their endurance and navigational skills to the test when they take on the challenge of a mountain marathon.

Tony Segalini and Alain Stubbs, who are both former members of the armed forces, have teamed up to raise money for the Help For Heroes charity by taking part in the international Original Mountain Marathon next month.

The pair will be fell-running across Dartmoor over 36 hours, navigating their route and carrying all their camping equipment for the trek.
Participants are only given the location of their route checkpoints when they start so the emphasis is on navigational abilities as well as speed.

Each team of two has to rely solely on their partner as no outside help is allowed - and any teams not arriving at the overnight camp are assumed to have set up camp safely elsewhere.

Mr Stubbs, who is the Academy's Premises Director, is a former Warrant Officer and spent 22 years in the Army, serving in Bosnia, the Middle East and Northern Ireland.

While he was in the Army, he was the orienteering officer and led trips across the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the Jordon desert and the most challenging, an expedition across glaciers in South Georgia.

Mr Stubbs said: "I was in the Army for 22 years and a lot of my colleagues have been injured or died in recent conflicts and it's the same for Tony, so we have quite a vested interest in trying to do as much as we can to support Help For Heroes. We look after each other."

He added: "This is an exceptionally tough race to do and it's well-known how tough the terrain is.

"We're prepared to get wet, cold and even wetter - outside the Army, it will be the most difficult challenge I've done."

Closer to home, the pair teamed up with other colleagues from the Academy to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge.

The mountain marathon takes place on October 30th and 31st - to sponsor Mr Stubbs and Mr Segalini visit