A WITHERNSEA soldier completed a Tactical Advance to Battle (TAB) walk from Hull to Withernsea last weekend to raise money to support Royal British Legion.
As previously reported in the Gazette, Dave Brewer, a serving member of the British Army, aimed to complete the walk in under six hours. The soldier confirmed that he had smashed his original target, completing the TAB in just 4 hours, 44 minutes and 7 seconds. This became even more remarkable when Dave realised his satellite navigation had incorrectly calculated the distance. What he thought would be an 18-mile challenge proved to be 25 miles.
Dave had initially planned to complete the walk on November 14 but had to postpone the TAB until last Saturday (November 28) after he contracted COVID-19.
The soldier spoke about the obstacles he faced.
“I unfortunately tested positive for Coronavirus and was showing some really harsh symptoms so not only was I not able to train for the distance or weight, having just recovered from the virus, I had lost some fitness and my breathing has not fully recovered. These circumstances meant that I would need to postpone the challenge a week until my isolation period had finished, and I was clear of the virus. Second to that, my Sat Nav said that the distance between Queen Victoria Square in Hull’s city centre to the memorial gardens in Withernsea was 18 miles. Turns out it was 25 miles after I noticed that my GPS running application said I had covered 40.53km.”
A TOUGH CHALLENGE He had to postpone the challenge after contracting Coronavirus
He told the Gazette of his success in the challenge, despite the unideal circumstances.
“The TAB went fantastic, I had to push myself mentally to not only finish but to ensure that it was completed in an acceptable time given the high standard that UK armed forces have set in past conflicts. I was given plenty of motivation by both pedestrians and motorists as I made my journey with horns beeping, people stopping to donate and even had a man in Hedon and one in Burton Pidsea get a chocolate bar out of my Bergen (bag) so I could keep my sugar levels up.” He finally thanked the local community for their support throughout.
“The support from Withernsea and the surrounding areas has been overwhelming on social media with messages of congratulations and support and raising nearly £600 so far for the Royal British Legion. I am hugely grateful for everything the public has contributed to make this a successful event for a very worthy cause.”