Vision impaired Darren Blanks doesn’t forget his military training

25 July 2012 11:55

On Sunday 22nd July 2012, Darren Blanks – former soldier, blind veteran and Olympic torch bearer took part in a gruelling military activity with ACF Cumbria Cadets in the heart of Cumbria.

Darren and the ACF Cumbria Cadets covered a distance of 13.1 miles (half a marathon) with many exciting twists such as mock shooting, canoeing up Ennerdale Lake, biking down the side of Ennerdale Lake and a 100metres walk blind folded with a guide. It was all to raise money for Blind Veterans UK - the national charity for blind ex-Service men and women.

They all proved that they can push themselves to the limit by testing their stamina, fitness, strength, initiative and team work to complete the course of strenuous military activities.

Darren speaks about his experience of the event: "The first cadet challenge in Cumbria was a great day and a massive success, I hope to get more of these challenges going to get young people involved in learning and raising money for Blind Veterans UK."

Blind veteran Darren Blanks canoeing with several others