Former army corporal from Sheffield takes on world’s toughest triathlon

Caroline Buckle
Caroline Buckle
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A former army corporal from Sheffield is training to take part in a gruelling Help For Heroes charity event being undertaken by injured, wounded and sick armed forces personnel.

Caroline Buckle was one of around 20 wounded and injured former army personnel who took part in a training which included open water swimming to prepare for ‘the hardest triathlon in the world’ run by the services charity, taking place in September.

Caroline joined the Army in 1997, and served tours across the world.

She fell ill with depression in 2008 while on operations in Iraq on her second tour. She then snapped her Achilles’ tendon in 2008, which has left her with no use of her toes and little feeling from her knee cap down to her left leg.

Caroline said: “Help for Heroes has given me so much help and support. There was a time you would be lucky to hear a peep out of me. Training for this challenge has helped me make new friends, helped my confidence no end and generally start to find my old self.

“There is still a long way to go, but the life-long support my husband and I receive help us both to understand me more and grow in confidence.”

All participants will be wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women that are beneficiaries of Help for Heroes. The training is the charity’s Sports Recovery programme and the challenge begins September 26.