Veterans

Prince Harry Praises Wounded Veterans Taking On Omani Desert Trek

All six of the team taking on the Walk of Oman have either a physical or cognitive injury and will trek for 21 days across the Omani desert.

The Duke of Sussex has praised a team of wounded veterans set to walk 248 miles across the Omani desert.

Prince Harry commended the determination of the team, made up of five ex-military personnel and one member who is still serving, as they take on the Walk of Oman.

In a video message to the team, Harry said he was "delighted" the challenge was going ahead "despite the challenging environment that we are all faced with".

"This in itself is an illustration of the remarkable longstanding friendship our country has with the Sultanate of Oman and shows the determination of those that have been selected for the walk," the Duke of Sussex said.

All six of the team have physical or cognitive injuries and the trek will see them pull a custom-built cart weighing in excess of 300kg across the desert.

Prince Harry at drumhead service for memorial to Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
Prince Harry praised the veterans and said he was "delighted" the challenge was going ahead (Picture: MOD).

Ed Parker, Chief Executive of Walking With The Wounded, said during selection "each candidate embraced the task ahead and cemented the bond formed between them".

"The team face an immense challenge ahead of them and each will be tested mentally and physically," he said.

Selected for the expedition is David Adams, a former aircraft technician, Sean Gane, a former British Army infantryman and Ben McComb, who joined the Army Reserves before he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery.

Brian O’Neill, who achieved Staff Sergeant during his 26 years of service, Andrew Phillips, a former Junior Technician in the RAF and Ashley Winter, a Challenger 2 Tank crewman make up the rest of the team.

The Walk of Oman will see the team trek across the Omani desert over 21 days, starting on November 20 and finishing on December 11.

Cover image: The team of injured veterans taking on Walking With The Wounded's Walk of Oman (Picture: PA).