“I’ve been training him for a long long time and I’ve never done anything of this nature before, so it’s all a bit of ‘Wow, Gary’s doing this?’.”
On Saturday, January 21, Gary embarked on the route used for SAS selection on Pen y Fan mountain in South Wales, completing the “arduous” 24 kilometre hike in 6 hours and 27 minutes, raising £3,370 for Myeloma UK.
He decided to embark on the challenge in honour of his sister Jan Jenner, who was diagnosed with the incurable blood cancer Myeloma in 2012.
During her initial diagnosis, Jan underwent a transplant that “levelled” the cancer, but now it has “started back up again”.
Gary admitted: “I was hesitant to start with, bringing in (Sir Rod), because I’m the original Gray Man that kind of stays in the background but I thought not this is really important and it isn’t about me, it isn’t about him.
“At the end of the day, it’s about raising awareness for this organisation. The funding that I’ve raised for it goes towards research which hopefully one day will find a cure.”