Gravesend former Marine Ric Coulson to make second John o'Groats to Land's End backwards walking record attempt

Ric Coulson (right) with support man Gregg Packham who had to pull out of the attempt through injury.

Ric Coulson (right) with support man Gregg Packham who had to pull out of the attempt through injury.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A Gravesend former Royal Marine’s charity challenge may have been thwarted by injury, but he is planning on walking right back into it - quite literally.

Ric Coulson had to abandon his attempt to march the whole length of the country backwards when an injury to his support man stopped him in his tracks.

The 35-year-old called it a day after he was able to manage just 130km of the 1,664km John o’Groats to Land’s End odyssey.

Ric, who lives in Baltic Walk, Gravesend, told News Shopper: "The weather was horrendous at times but that is not a problem as you just crack on.

"I feel gutted for everybody behind the scenes and the sponsors and everybody who’s donated.

"But I promise I will get this completed and the show back on the road as quickly as I possibly can.

"No amount of pain is going to stop me and whatever I go through on this challenge I am going to get it done.

"I have a very positive mindset and I’m even more determined to get it achieved than before."

Support man Gregg Packham was hospitalised in Golspie in the Highlands of Scotland after chafing from the equipment he was carrying caused infections to the inside of his thighs.

Ric himself was hit by a van wing mirror and had to jump on a push bike in an attempt to continue the challenge before calling a halt six days in on February 21.

The small business-owner is aiming to walk 15 hours a day raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and veterans’ charity Help Our Wounded Royal Marines and Supporting Arms.

Ric, who lost his mother Ann Coulson, 60, to cancer last year, spent 12 hours a day facing the wrong way on a treadmill at NRG gym in Gravesend to prepare for the challenge.

The former Close Combat Section Commander in Afghanistan is aiming break the Guinness World Record, held since 1990, of 26 days and seven hours by tramping the length of the country in just 25 days.

Originally from Baildon in Yorkshire, Ric is hoping to start the challenge again this Sunday (March 9) having collected more than £2,100 in sponsorship on his Just Giving page.

Visit justgiving.com/Richard-Coulson-Back2Back to donate or inreverse.co.uk if you can help Ric on his journey.

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