CHALLENGE COMPLETED: JULY 2020
Mark designed the Bowra 1000 to demonstrate that with courage, determination and cheerfulness in the face of adversity anything is possible. It is no coincidence that these key elements of the Commando spirit have helped to create the DNA of the Bowra Foundation.
This was to be Mark’s greatest challenge since that terrible day in 2014 when he suffered a devastating stroke and was told he would never walk again. The Bowra 1000 would see him cycle, yomp, paddle and swim a 1000-mile route from John O’Groats to Land’s End, joined along the way by members of the Armed Forces Community, people living with neurological disorders and supporters keen to show that “what’s inside matters.”
Mark was gutted when COVID-19 restrictions made it impossible for him to get to the start line but, undaunted, he completed the challenge day by day, mile by mile in his local area and using loaned exercise equipment in his garage – AKA the Bowra Bunker.
The Virtual Bowra 1000 Challenge began on 3 June with more beneficiaries and supporters joining Mark as restrictions eased, and stretching the route towards completing the last legs on the original roads from Dartmoor, culminating in a triumphant arrival in Lands End on 11 July 2020.
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inspiring an unrelenting pursuit of recovery from neurological injury
THE BOWRA 1000
1000+ miles to cycle
4 mountains to climb
3 lakes to kayak and swim
Mark wants you to join him
HOW THE CHALLENGE UNFOLDED..
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JOHN O' GROATS
PLYMOUTH HOE LIDO
Watch Mark's first day here on the BOWRA FOUNDATION Youtube channel.
Featuring Mark Webber,
BOWRA FOUNDATION ambassador.
Join Mark Bowra on his 1000 mile epic! Day 8 sees him replicate the Ben Nevis climb in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
This film demonstrates the third main discipline of the Bowra 1000 and shows Mark in his natural habitat - on the water!
Join Mark Bowra on his 1000 mile epic! Day 20 sees him replicate the Scafell Pike climb in the beautiful Dorset countryside. He is honoured to have two particular former colleagues with him for today's yomp.
Join Mark Bowra on his 1000 mile epic! Jason Fox and Aldo Kane joined Mark Bowra for a yomp this week.
Join Mark Bowra on his 1000 mile epic! This is what the Bowra Foundation is all about: bringing people living with neurological disorders together with members of the Armed Forces Community to complete physical challenges and inspire each other to stretch their potential.