News

December 7th 2015

Experiencing new challenges in the Lake District

Open water canoeing, hill walking and mountain biking are just a sample of the activities completed by Reservists from an Army Reserve unit in Lincoln this year.

Sergeant Lee Northam, aged 42, who lives near Horncastle, serves with 160 (Lincoln) Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), and leads the adventure training schedule for his unit.

Sergeant Northam explained why he believes that challenging Reservists in the outdoors can bring the best out in people: “This summer we were fortunate to be able to take a group of 25 Reservists to the Lake District to take part in an adventure training schedule designed to push them out of their comfort zone and test their personal fitness abilities. The team was made up of both male and female Reservists who had varied adventure training abilities, but watching how they worked together to encourage each other to try new things and reach personal goals was amazing.”

Previously serving in the British Army as a regular (full-time) soldier, Sergeant Northam joined his local Reserve unit in April this year. He continued: “I joined the Reserves to make the most of the opportunities available to me such as travelling and meeting new people. I missed the camaraderie of my full time Army career so joining 160 (Lincoln) Squadron has filled this void for me. As an ex-regular soldier I find it interesting to meet new soldiers through the Reserves who have full time civilian careers, as this is something I had not experienced before.

“I’m delighted to be leading the adventure training schedule for 2016 at the unit. I’m a keen hill walker so to be able to lead groups of fellow Reservists to experience new challenges in the outdoors is fantastic. This year we took to the waters in a canoe, rode a number of miles on varied terrain through the Lake District on a mountain bike and trekked up a number of hills to improve our fitness, confidence and team working skills.

“Adventure training is exciting and completely different to my new day job as a driver. Most of all though I enjoy learning new skills that I may otherwise had not had a chance to gain due to cost.”

160 (Lincoln) Squadron RLC, is part of an Army Reserve Transport Regiment that can provide tailored transport support and trained soldiers to take part in operations when needed.

No previous military or driving experience is needed to join the Army Reserve unit as full training can be provided. To learn more about joining contact 01522 529082 or email 158RLC-160-RSUSO@mod.uk

“I’m delighted to be leading the adventure training schedule for 2016 at the unit. I’m a keen hill walker so to be able to lead groups of fellow Reservists to experience new challenges in the outdoors is fantastic."