Ian's walking 54 miles in 3 stone WWII uniform

Ian's walking 54 miles in 3 stone WWII uniform

Ian's walking 54 miles in 3 stone WWII uniform

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A MAN with a severe spinal condition will walk 54 miles from London to Brighton, wearing a three stone Army uniform.

Ian Houghton, 52, was born with spina bifida, a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord, and has never walked such a distance.

Undaunted, he will also wear the full Army kit of a First World War officer.

Mr Houghton will be raising money for the charity Blind Veterans UK, which organises the walk and provides support, rehabilitation, training and recreation to blind veterans, regardless of when they served, or how they lost their sight.

Mr Houghton, from Leigh, said: “This is a real personal challenge. I was born with spina bifida and have never walked this far before.

“I know I’m extremely lucky I can walk and move freely after I had surgery at six months old. I livewith bad lower back pain and am incontinent because of it. I also have double reflex, so if I bang my left knee I feel pain in my right knee.

“I value the use of my legs quite a bit because so many are stuck in a wheelchair.”

Mr Houghton’s surgery to sever nerve endings and refuse them was a success and he had yearly checkups at Kings College Hospital, London, until he was 13.

He leads a normal life and works as a security officer.

He said: “I’m not ex-Forces.

I’d always wanted a career in the Forces, but it wasn’t to be, due to my condition.

“I’m a First World War living history enthusiast and, since this year will be the centenary of the war, I intend to take part in the walk in First World War kit and will hopefully be joined by a couple of fellow enthusiasts.

“Taking part will be about remembering my great-great uncle William Rudge and a distant cousin, Reginald Rudge, who both served and died in the Great War, as well as all those others who have sacrificed so much over the years for us.”

Mr Houghton will wear an original 1923 Officer’s Pattern uniform.

He said: “I aim to do the walk in under 24 hours.”

The event takes place over the weekend of June 21 and 22.

To find out more about the walk, and to sign up, visit: walk100.org.uk/sign-up and to sponsor Ian go to just giving.com/Ian-Houghton3

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11:09am Tue 14 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Fantastic - and what a tribute to the Tommies.

My grandad was in the trenches of WWI, a sapper with the Royal Engineers and this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.

I hope there will be plenty of commemorative events to mark it this year - and this gentleman is showing the true spirit of it.

Let's have more of it. Great stuff.
Fantastic - and what a tribute to the Tommies. My grandad was in the trenches of WWI, a sapper with the Royal Engineers and this year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. I hope there will be plenty of commemorative events to mark it this year - and this gentleman is showing the true spirit of it. Let's have more of it. Great stuff. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

11:10am Tue 14 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

If he's claiming any sort of health related benefit he better watch out...
If he's claiming any sort of health related benefit he better watch out... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous?
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous?
She got the palm and the croix de guerre,
For washin' soldiers' underwear,
Hinky-dinky, parlez-vous?
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous? Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous? She got the palm and the croix de guerre, For washin' soldiers' underwear, Hinky-dinky, parlez-vous? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 5

12:39pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous?
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous?
She got the palm and the croix de guerre,
For washin' soldiers' underwear,
Hinky-dinky, parlez-vous?
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous?
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous?
You might forget the gas and shell
But you'll never forget the Mademoiselle!
Hinky-dinky, parlez-vous?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous? Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous? She got the palm and the croix de guerre, For washin' soldiers' underwear, Hinky-dinky, parlez-vous?[/p][/quote]Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous? Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, parlez-vous? You might forget the gas and shell But you'll never forget the Mademoiselle! Hinky-dinky, parlez-vous? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Two old Tommies, chatting at Chelsea barracks, one says to the other,
Remember that stuff they used to put in our tea, to stop us getting randy?
What Bromide? says the other, yeah, well I think it's starting to work.....
Two old Tommies, chatting at Chelsea barracks, one says to the other, Remember that stuff they used to put in our tea, to stop us getting randy? What Bromide? says the other, yeah, well I think it's starting to work..... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 10

5:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

ArmedForcesDaySouthend says...

Well done Ian and, a big 'Thank You' for your other support for Armed Forces Day Southend...

https://www.facebook
.com/Armed.Forces.Da
y.Southend?ref=hl
Well done Ian and, a big 'Thank You' for your other support for Armed Forces Day Southend... https://www.facebook .com/Armed.Forces.Da y.Southend?ref=hl ArmedForcesDaySouthend
  • Score: 5

7:58pm Wed 15 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Two old Tommies, chatting at Chelsea barracks, one says to the other,
Remember that stuff they used to put in our tea, to stop us getting randy?
What Bromide? says the other, yeah, well I think it's starting to work.....
Wash me in the water, that you washed your dirty daughter,
And I shall be whiter, than the whitewash on the wall
On the wall, on the wall, Oh wash me in the water, that you washed
your dirty daughter, and I shall be whiter than the whitewash on the wall.
First war army marching song
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Two old Tommies, chatting at Chelsea barracks, one says to the other, Remember that stuff they used to put in our tea, to stop us getting randy? What Bromide? says the other, yeah, well I think it's starting to work.....[/p][/quote]Wash me in the water, that you washed your dirty daughter, And I shall be whiter, than the whitewash on the wall On the wall, on the wall, Oh wash me in the water, that you washed your dirty daughter, and I shall be whiter than the whitewash on the wall. First war army marching song You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Two old Tommies, chatting at Chelsea barracks, one says to the other,
Remember that stuff they used to put in our tea, to stop us getting randy?
What Bromide? says the other, yeah, well I think it's starting to work.....
Wash me in the water, that you washed your dirty daughter,
And I shall be whiter, than the whitewash on the wall
On the wall, on the wall, Oh wash me in the water, that you washed
your dirty daughter, and I shall be whiter than the whitewash on the wall.
First war army marching song
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Two old Tommies, chatting at Chelsea barracks, one says to the other, Remember that stuff they used to put in our tea, to stop us getting randy? What Bromide? says the other, yeah, well I think it's starting to work.....[/p][/quote]Wash me in the water, that you washed your dirty daughter, And I shall be whiter, than the whitewash on the wall On the wall, on the wall, Oh wash me in the water, that you washed your dirty daughter, and I shall be whiter than the whitewash on the wall. First war army marching song You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 2

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