Endeavour Fund alumni go for Gold at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Nick Beighton, who in 2014 took part in Endeavour Fund supported Beeline Britain, will be going for Gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in just a few days’ time.

Nick, a Royal Engineers captain from Shrewsbury who lost both his legs above the knee when he was struck by an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2009, was one of the team of four who undertook the record-breaking challenge.

The Beeline Britain team paddled, cycled and walked their way into the record books by being the first people to complete the iconic Lands End to John O Groats journey in a straight line across some of the most extreme coastal, mountain and urban environments in the UK. This involved a back breaking 100 hours in a kayak, 34 hours on a bike and more than 12 hours on foot, covering around 1100 km.

The longest sea kayak leg was between Lands End to St David’s and it took 34 hours of non-stop paddling to cover the 200km open water stretch.

Following Beeline Britain, Nick competed in the inaugural Invictus Games, the international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women – both serving and veterans, pioneered with initial support from the Endeavour Fund. He won three Gold medals in the Indoor Rowing.

He is now going for Gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Para Canoeing, competing in the 200m race on the 14th September. Four other Invictus Games competitors the UK who competed in the the 2014 or 2016 Invictus Games will be joining Nick in Rio and once again represent their country later this month in Brazil. They are: Joe Townsend (Para-triathlon); Mikey Hall (Archery); Dave Henson (Athletics) and Micky Yule (Powerlifting).

Yesterday Prince Harry sent a personal message to all Invictus Games competitors going for Gold in Rio which said: “To those Invictus Games competitors representing your five nations, all I have to say to you is what an incredible achievement – well done for your selection. You have trained harder than ever, but the fight to the finish line won't be easy. You all know this better than anyone. Cherish this moment as you get to serve your country again. Absorb the applause and atmosphere for inspiring millions, but most importantly - have fun!”

Nick Beighton at the Invictus Games London 2014
Nick Beighton at the Invictus Games London 2014