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Veteran expedition coming to Oxford: Grenadier Walk of Oman route revealed

Starting tomorrow, October 10th (World Mental Health Day) and finishing on October 21st, a team of wounded serving and ex-military take on 400km expedition and will walk equivalent of 10 marathons in 12 days across UK.

Leading military charity Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’) has revealed the final route for its 6th international expedition, The Grenadier Walk of Oman, of which The Duke of Sussex is the Expedition Patron, and will be walking through Oxford.

The team were due to cross the Omani desert, however, due to the global pandemic, they are now going to cross the UK, walking the equivalent distance of 10 marathons in 12 days, to raise funds and awareness for Walking With The Wounded’s employment, mental health, care coordination and volunteering programmes supporting veterans and their families to get back on their feet and contribute in their communities once more.

Starting on Pen-Y-Fan in Wales, the 6-man team will walk through Hereford (home of the Special Air Service ‘SAS’) and Cheltenham, before arriving at the start of the infamous Thames path- a long distance walking trail that follows the river Thames from its source in the Cotswolds before arriving in the heart of London and finishing at the Omani Embassy in London, in Belgravia. The team will be supported by a Grenadier vehicle for parts of the route. Due to various physical injuries, some team members will only be able to walk part of the route, overcoming their individual situations to achieve what they can.

WWTW’s CEO, Fergus Williams, said: “Although the expedition is now taking place in the UK, the team are walking the same 400km distance, which is no easy feat. We are looking forward to supporting them as they put their hard work to the test and walk to demonstrate that those who serve or served can overcome adversity.”

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, said, “The team at Walking With The Wounded understand that it’s not about where you walk — it’s about walking together with a common purpose and shared mission. These men and women know what service is, they’ve seen and overcome adversity, and they won’t let obstacles get in their way. They are paragons of inspiration for communities everywhere. We wish them good luck and good weather.”

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