MPCT’s Wales and Midlands Regional Operations Manager has pledged to take on 15 endurance challenges in 2019 to raise funds for our charity, The Motivation & Learning Trust. Click HERE to see the whole list of challenges he has planned for 2019 and to donate to the MLT.

Saturday 16th of March saw him complete the first challenge, The Mighty Deerstalker. Please read below for what he had to say about this tough event:

“The Mighty Deerstalker is an established race, it is considered to be the most challenging night time trail run in the UK and is the 1st race on my list to complete my challenge for the MLT this year.

The race takes place in the Scottish borders near the beautiful village of Innerleithen in a valley between 2 big hills.

The weather was challenging on the day and it looked like it was going to rain all the way through the night, but luckily this stopped just before I left with my wave of runners. After about 400 metres we came across an open field just as the light was starting to fade. The field was generally just one big bog that had the added challenge of eating runners shoes, anyone who had not tightened their shoes up prior to running were searching for them on hands and knees (and we had only just started), I was well prepared for this as I have lost far too many shoes in the past on this sort of ground so I was straight through and onto the first Obstacle. I hit a queue of runners who had stopped and as I moved forward I noticed we had hit the 1st river, this was not a problem, The river was only at hip height and I was straight through and competing again taking over runners who were not used to this type of ground.

Then began the first climb, the light had just about faded so I turned my head torch on and started climbing. I had prepared well for this; Moel Famau Hill Runs had ensured my legs were fully ready for this and as other competitors slowed and walked I continued to run and gain places. We went up and up and then the first hands and feet scramble where nobody was running, but everyone was breathing heavy. As we reached the peak of the hill it started snowing and we started the long descent to the village. As we dropped we could see the headtorches of the earlier waves on the hill on the other side of the village so we knew where we were going, (And it looked steep).

We all set a good pace down the hill and as we got near the bottom it became very undulating and some of the runners around me were tripping and slipping among the trees and mud, I checked they were ok and once I knew they were I carried on.

As I reached the village we were greeted by people cheering and waving and handing out sweets and water and then we saw it the dreaded Scree climb. We followed a track along the bottom of the hill and then turned left and up we went, and up and up, legs were burning and breathing was becoming heavy but I kept moving forward hands and feet, one in front of the other, most stopped but I kept going knowing I had it in my legs I slipped, I climbed again, I slipped again and kept on pushing until I reached the summit.

The decline was even harder as even with the head torch it was hard to see and after all of the rain the ground was very slippery, I slowed down, aware that this is race 1 and I don’t need an injury at this early stage,

We went back through the village and then into the final Obstacle (The River Tunnel). As I dropped into the river it went up to chest height, some of the smaller runners had to swim through, as we came out of the other side it took our legs a little while to get going as the water was 0 degrees.

It was then a race home for tea and medals and challenge 1 The Mighty Deerstalker had been tamed.

So what are the statistics:

9.5 Miles of Very Hilly Trails completed in the dark

2300 feet of Elevation Gained

And now onto the next Challenge for the MLT, Ultra Tour of Arran 60 Miles across the Island over 2 Days. Wish me Luck I’m Gonna Need It!”

 

It can be seen how much of an inspiration Mr Leak is with the amount of training and high levels of preparedness he exhibits, we wish him all the best for the next race and encourage you to donate if you can!

On Wednesday 6th March, Military Preparation College Teesside held a charity bag-pack at Asda, Stockton-on-Tees.

Learners engaged in conversation with Asda customers, helping them pack their bags, carry their shopping to their cars and educated them about what MPCT does.

We are superbly proud to announce that the college raised £516.02 during this one event! This is an clear reflection of the Learners who were obviously very helpful and demonstrated excellent community spirit.

Congratulations, thank you and well done to all Learners and Staff involved.

On Friday 21st February 22 members of the MPCT Head Office Team and Cardiff Audi part of the MonMotors group, gathered at the Celtic Manor resort to tackle the adventure golf course to raise funds in support of the Motivation and Learning Trust (MLT), it was also an opportunity to further cement the working relationship and collaboration of the two companies.  MPCT and Audi Cardiff have been collaborating together for the last year, establishing opportunites for the Learners from the MPCT Cardiff and Newport Colleges to commence work placements at Audi Cardiff in Cardiff Gate.  The working relationship has developed over the last year and 6 of our learners have so far had the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a high-end, branded dealership whilst taking part in a work placement.  As a result of this collaboration, not only have the 6 learners gained vital skills, enhancing their capabilities to become work ready, 2 more of our learners have also recently secured part time work.  This is as a result of the recognition from the Head of Business Chris Knibbs, of the talent and capabilities displayed by all the learners who have taken part in the placements.

 

The Adventure Golf challenge was a networking opportunity for the two organisations to get to know each other in a social environment, coupled with the generosity shown by everyone who took part to raise funds in support of the MLT.  The players who took up the challenge were of varying standards, from complete beginners, to ex professional golfers but needless to say the ability to perform well at adventure golf is not necessarily based upon the capability to play golf!  We split into teams of 4 and each team was made up of players from each organisation to ensure there was no skulduggery and the rules of golf were applied where possible.   It was as expected, quite a competitive occasion with lots of cheering and crowd pleasing shots from many of the players with a couple of holes in 1 achieved along the way, I believe there were also a couple of holes in 13.   The Audi team maintained their corporate image throughout the event with most of them playing in their Audi uniform straight from the showroom.  Luckily for the MPCT team we were all in dress down Friday uniform so we were not in our usual formal attire, this I am sure contributed to the relaxed attitude on course where several of the MPCT team fell into the water hazards along the course!    With some stand out individual performances and a bit of luck around the course with some outrageous shots all the players eventually completed the course just before last light.  It was then back to Merlin’s bar for some socialising and networking before we announced the results.  Although it wasn’t about the winning, a special mention must go to Rhianydd Moores who completed the course in the least amount of shots whilst her colleague from Audi and a former golf professional, Alex Gardner went round in the most shots, proving my point, that it is more about luck, than the ability to play golf.

 

Special mentions must go to the Managing Director of MPCT, Huw Lewis and the Head of Business for Cardiff Audi Chris Knibbs whose support allowed the event to go ahead and although the final result was a draw, the winner was the MLT with around £300 being raised by the event.  Look forward to the re-match later in the year when the longer light in the evening will allow us to complete 18 holes!

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Manny Manfred, on behalf of the Patrons and Board of Trustees Of The Motivation & Learning Trust – a young people’s charity, co-signs the Armed Forces Covenant together with Brigadier Jock Fraser MBE, RM on Friday 15 Feb 19 in Cardiff.

 

Patrons and Trustees of the Motivation & Learning Trust – a young people’s charity, are present to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant at the RICOH Suite at Cardiff City Football Stadium. Lt Col (Retd) Manny Manfred, The Chair of the Charity and Brigadier Jock Fraser RM, MBE co-signed the document. Mrs Audrey Nealon, the Regional Employer Engagement Director for RFCA for Wales was also present.

 

Chair of Trustees Manny Manfred commented;

“The event was really well attended with 181 Learners on Parade and a total of over 400 guests. The usual high standards were displayed on the Learner demonstrations and the signing ceremony took place after the interval where the Learners had changed into their best clothes. I would like to thank Huw Lewis for allowing us to hold the signing ceremony at the event which already had a full programme of activities. I would also like to thank Mrs Audrey Nealon the Regional Employer Engagement Director for Wales for arranging the ceremony and for producing the actual covenant we signed”

 

Pete Leak, our Regional Operations Manager for all our Welsh Military and Mid-Region English Colleges, has set himself the target of 15 endurance challenges over 2019. This incredible target is all to raise money for our charity, The Motivation & Learning Trust.

Mr. Leak has worked for MPCT since 2006 and started as a Lead Training Instructor at Military Preparation College Wrexham after 13 years of military service. He is a hugely supportive advocate of our charity and we are very grateful for all his effort, 2019 is planning to be his biggest challenge yet and we would love it if you’d get behind him and the charity and donate.

Mr. Leak’s target challenges are;

  1. The Mighty Deerstalker Race. Trail Mountain run at Night (16/03/19)
  2. Ultra Tour of the Isle of Arran. 2 Day Race covering 60 Miles across the Isle of Arran. (13 – 14/04/19)
  3. Dirty Weekend. 20 Miles and over 200 Obstacles largest OCR in the world. (11/05/19)
  4. Runstock. As many laps as possible of a 5K Route in 8 Hours (08/06/19)
  5. The Wall. Run from Carlisle to Newcastle in 1 Day 69 Miles (15/06/19)
  6. Man V Coast. Over 20 Miles covering the Coast of Cornwall with lots of Challenges on Route. (06/07/19)
  7. Man V Lakes. Over 20 Miles running from the Morecambe Coast to the Lake District with Challenges on Route. (20/07/19)
  8. Survival of the Fittest Yorkshire. 10K OCR (10/08/19)
  9. Survival of the Fittest Lakes. 10K OCR (17/08/19)
  10. Man V Mountain. Over 20 Miles across Snowdonia up to the top of MT Snowdon with Challenges. (07/09/19)
  11. Survival of the Fittest Nottingham 10K OCR (05/10/19)
  12. Hell Runner Up North. 13 Mile Trail/Bog Run (12/10/19)
  13. Ultra Tour of Edinburgh 57kms across the Streets, Alleyways and Hills of Edinburgh. (20/10/19)
  14. Hell Runner Down South 13 Mile Trail/Bog Run (26/10/19)
  15. Hell Runner Nightfall. As many Laps of a 6.66km Trail/Bog Route over 8 Hours running into the Dark (16/11/19)