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EPIC journey home for new Tidworth soldiers

EPIC journey home for new Tidworth soldiers

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:01am 27th July 2019.

2 minute read

A team of troops from the Queen's Royal Hussars have taken part in a 10 day triathlon from Germany to Salisbury Plain.

The idea of Exercise Iron Hussar will tire you out just reading it:

  • Left their old home of Athlone Barracks in Germany on July 16th
  • CYCLED 600 MILES through Europe to Normandy in France
  • SAIL across the English Channel from Caen to Gosport in Hampshire
  • RUN 56.2 MILES all the way back to Tidworth

At their new barracks, their colleagues and families were there to welcome the team into their new base.

Queens Royal Hussars Tidworth Triathlon July 2019
The QRH arrive back at Tidworth to a heroes' welcome

The route took the troops on the reverse journey of one their forebears in the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars took following the Normandy landings in World War Two.

They also faced that cycle, sail and run in some of the hottest conditions Europe has ever seen.

Lance Corporal Harry Cracknell, who completed every element of the exercise,said:

"The whole trip has been full of highlights from cycling through Europe, stopping at the historic sites at Pegasus Bridge and at Sword Beach but having the opportunity to sail across the channel while really challenging was probably the stand out highlight and a personal achievement for me."

Queens Royal Hussars Tidworth Triathlon July 2019
What a journey for the QRH team - covering around 700 miles in 10 days

The welcome home ended with the raising of the Regimental flag at their new Headquarters in Tidworth.

Queens Royal Hussars Tidworth Triathlon July 2019
The troops back at Tidworth heard tales of the team's mammoth journey

Lance Corporal Harry Cracknell said:

"We all loved being Germany but we're happy to be here in Tidworth and looking forward to settling into Wiltshire and working with our colleagues from The Royal Tank Regiment and The King's Royal Hussars."

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