He joined the army at the tender age of just 16, but an Isle of Wight man says his biggest challenge is yet to come.
Steve Bavington will take on an epic 100k randonnee next month (May). And, if that was not tough enough for the Sandown man, he will do it all using a Hybrid Assisted Hand Bike.
Known to his friends as ‘Bav’, Steve started off in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers before he transferred to the Medical Corps.
He later joined the 1st Armoured Field Ambulance in Germany, and it was there he signed up for the unit rugby team.
But, in 1989 whilst playing, the scrum collapsed and Steve was left paralysed following a serious spinal injury.
Rehabilitation ensued and equipment and adaptions to his Steve’s family home were made, thanks to the RFU Injured Players Foundation.
He now says he wants to give something back to the charity for its years of help:
“They [the foundation] have been very generous in paying for adaptions to my house, an accessible caravan. So I feel it is only right to try and show my appreciation to raise money for them.
“I will be starting off from Adgestone, and then the next checkpoint is Ventnor Rugby Club. From there, it goes round to Compton, Freshwater, Cowes, Bembridge and then back to Adgestone. So, all in all, it’s going to be about 100km.”
Steve is hoping to raise more than £5,000.
The randonnee will take place on the 5 May.
You can donate to Steve’s cause, here.