Carl Shadrake

Carl Shadrake

Running 100 Consecutive Half Marathons

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My story

[p][b]Thank you for visiting my page![/b][/p][p]I find myself in a position in my recovery journey where I believe I can & want to give back, I have chosen to aid two fantastic military charities in their quest to do amazing work helping our wounded, injured & sick (WIS) in the veteran community and those still serving. [/p][p]I am running 100 half marathons in order to raise funds for Help for Heroes and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).[/p][p]This is my story. [/p][p]Carl Shadrake joined the army when he was just 16 years old. He said he had always wanted to be a soldier and "did not know what else to do".[/p][p]He joined the Grenadier Guards in 2001 and performed duties outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle before going to Bosnia in 2004 for six months and then 2 quick turn around tours of Iraq.[/p][p]He subsequently served in Afghanistan in 2007 as part of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, where his mission was to "train Afghanistan soldiers and deploy my with them on ops”[/p][p]Carl said that while out on a patrol in July, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to my vehicle.The explosion killed my driver instantly and the blast knocked me into the corner of the vehicle before it flipped over. I returned to the British military base, Camp Bastion where I coughed and my artery tore resulting in me passing out. I woke up three days later in Birmingham, where I discovered I'd lost 11 units of blood.[/p][p]"The incident happened on July 1 – a day before my birthday - so I was in a coma for my birthday."[/p][p]After spending two weeks in recovery, he realised he was suffering from memory loss and subsequently spent six months at the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. His brain had been "starved of oxygen" when he sustained the injury, and this impacted his short term memory.[/p][p]In 2008, Carl became an instructor at the Army Training Centre (ATC) in Pirbright and taught there for two years before he was deployed back to Afghanistan in 2012 after PDT and completing the PSBC in Brecon.[/p][p]Carl said: "I had to dig deep to get back on that plane to Afghanistan." It was a very action-packed tour and this time my brother had joined the Grenadier Guards, he was in Afghanistan with me this time."[/p][p]This tour was when Carl was nearly killed by an IED while he and his colleagues were on patrol. Although he had survived the blast, weeks later while recovering at home he received the news that his 20-year-old brother Jamie Shadrake had been killed in action. "He was KIA, he was shot by the Taliban," Carl said. "It destroyed the family and tore us apart; I really struggled to come to terms with it." [/p][p]"We had lost five Grenadier Guards during the tour in 2007, another five in 2010 and a further five in 2012.”[/p][p]Carl said he was flooded with a range of emotions - all of which he did not know how to cope with. He said he went through "a dark period in his life". However, with the help of his wife Angie, his two children, Help for Heroes and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), he "managed to come through the other side".[/p][p]After spending another five months at Headley Court and being medically discharged from the army in 2014, Carl joined Help for Heroes' triathlon TEAM, TTS. [/p][p]He completed multiple Ironman events, despite his injuries, between 2017 and 2019 and said he wanted to do "something extraordinary" to raise money for the charities.[/p][p]During a run in December last year, he came up with the idea of running 100 half marathons in 100 days.[/p][p]He said: "I had been involved in high intensity and high energy operations. I had seen a couple of my friends and colleagues pass away. There was a lot of pain and heartache.”[/p][p]“I am still on my recovery journey and now is time to give back and raise money for the charities to make sure they are around to help other people like myself.”[/p][p]"We go through dark places and it's a journey with ups and downs, but I am in a very good place with my mental health and if people get inspiration from my story, then that's amazing." [/p][p]The last day of my challenge is Friday 16/10/20 which will INVOLVE summiting Snowdon as my grand finale... where I will be joined by some prominent regimental personalities, my AMAZING & supportive wife and daughters. I could not have completed this event without their support and encouragement. [/p][p]To track my running progress, search Carl Shadrake on Strava.[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

16 Oct 2020

Supporters


Oct 29, 2020

Eddie

Nice one Carl top lad. All the best lcpl Orrell 1GG

£15.00


Oct 25, 2020

Becky J

Good luck with this amazing challenge for 2 fab charities.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 25, 2020

Bruno

Carl, it's been wonderful following your journey. Respect!

£20.00


Oct 24, 2020

Anonymous

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Oct 21, 2020

Jim Bastin

Good effort, well done Carl.

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Oct 21, 2020

Graeme Higgins

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 20, 2020

Anne

£30.00


Oct 20, 2020

Terry

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Oct 19, 2020

Debbie M

Truly great, Well done Carl. It was a pleasure to meet and run with you. Debbie

£10.00

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Oct 19, 2020

Sam

£10.00

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