Veterans

Veteran Forced To Stop Record Paddleboard Attempt

Jordan Wylie was told by the Scottish government on Tuesday night that to continue the challenge would be a breach of new COVID-19 measures.

A former soldier has been forced to abandon his attempt to become the first person to paddleboard around the UK.

Bestselling author and star of Channel 4’s 'Hunted', Jordan Wylie was five months into the 2,000-mile challenge to raise money for charity.

However, the Scottish government informed him that to continue would be a breach of the new coronavirus restrictions, effectively ending his challenge.

He told Forces News: "Obviously I was absolutely devastated, gutted when I first got told, and we’ve always done the right thing from day one.

"We’ve come across the COVID challenges in every country we’ve been to.

"We had a very strong risk assessment strategy; we’ve lived on a support boat, very kindly supplied by the Royal Logistic Corps of the British Army, for the last four or five months.

"We’ve had our own little bubble of a film-maker, photographer, a captain, and a first mate on board and we’ve always stayed and lived on the boat so we’re probably the most socially isolated people in the whole world for the last five months.”

Mr Wylie had endured 149 days and 2,377km in testing weather conditions, battling injury and seasickness.

"It’s interesting times but we’ve got to stay positive because there’s enough misery in the world at the moment," he added.

Veteran Jordan Wiley circumnavigating Great Britain via paddleboard DATE UNKNOWN broadcast on 231220 CREDIT Alfie Marsh.jpg
Former soldier Jordan Wylie had to abandon his paddleboard challenge because of new COVID-19 restrictions (Picture: Alfie Marsh).

Setting off from Essex in July, he has still set the record for paddleboarding at sea for the longest time.

He said: "We did five countries. We started in Essex, we did all the way to Lands’ End, we crossed to South Wales, I crossed the Irish Sea twice from Ireland and Northern Ireland, we got up to Scotland.

"We were 23km away, just down the way from John O’Groats, which would have been a world record in itself, but it’s about why we did it, not what we did."

His efforts are to raise money for Frontline Children, a charity focused on helping children who are caught in the middle of conflict and war.

Mr Wylie told Forces News: "It’s not about records, it’s about inspiring hope through the gift of education and inspiring young cadets – people at home through the spirit of endeavour and adventure.

"Just showing people that if you keep going and keep chipping away at life, you can achieve some incredible things."