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Camp Bastion 5K Midnight Pedro Run

September 29th, 2012



Just completed the Bastion 5K Midnight Pedro Run. Bit of a manic course this as there is about 600+ people running round a Pedro landing pad thats about 1K in total (5 Laps). Makes getting past people the first couple of K’s a bit difficult.

First time ive taken my GPS watch out for a spin. Unfortunately i cant put up the map of the route but above is the run data. Not a brilliant time as i am still getting over man flu, but hey, its for charity so its a good cause….. and you get a TShirt for doing the run

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Afghan Gym Workout

August 28th, 2012


Well on the ocassions that we get downtime here……. there is not a great deal to do. I mean the days are long but its not exactly like we can go down the pub after for a few beers. So all there is to do is hit the gym and get on #OPMassive or sleep

Came up with the below training program with a few mates while over in Camp Bastion. Been on it for a couple of moths and already noticing some benifits


Day & Group


  • Dumbell Press
  • Flys
  • Decline
  • Close Arm Press
  • Abs Routine



  •  Kick Backs
  • Lat Pull Down, Straight arm
  • Seated Row
  • Deadlifts or Romanian Deadlifts
  • Abs Routine



  •  Shoulder Press
  • Upright Row
  • Deltoid Raise
  • Standing Fly’s
  • Bounce Press
  • Abs Routine



  •  Bench Press
  • Incline
  • Close Arm Press
  • Flys
  • Decline
  • Abs Routine



  •  Cable Curl
  • 21’s
  • Hammer Curl with rope
  • Seated Curls
  • Abs Routine



  •  Overhead Tricep Extensions
  • 21’s
  • Rope extension pull downs
  • Skull Crusher Superset
  • Tri Kickbacks
  • Abs Routine


Abs Routine

1 x Set done every day

  •  Weighted Situps
  • Weighted Leg Raises
  • Oblique Crunches



Moving Location

August 11th, 2012


Well spent part of my day today flying over Afghanistan en route to my new location at MOB Price. Ive now moved until the end of tour which was a bit of a pain as it meant that i had to pack up all my kit. Its quite a surprise how much stuff you aquire considering that im roughly halfway through now.

Im still doing the same role as what i was at Bastion so the job wont change too much other than it is a smaller location. however as we have quite a few Dets within our AO i hopefully should get out on even more trips, only downside is that they look to be road moves as oppose to the normal Helli transport that im a custom too.

Being smaller than Bastion means that the lifestyle is a bit more basic, could be worse but the main thing im missing is the gym as the one here dosent have a massive amount of equipment but i suppose it beats using ammo tins to do some bicep curls.

4 weeks till R&R …and it cant come soon enough 😉



August 4th, 2012


Non Alcoholic Beer on a Saturday night…. As fun as my life gets right about now !

Sanger Life

July 22nd, 2012


Well I thought I would throw a quick post up since it has been a while. The above is from when I was on Sanger duty, as you can see not very interesting when all you have to look at is the open desert for 24hrs

It’s getting warmer and warmer here, creaping from 45deg upwards so when I was off shif I ended up sleeping outside as being up in the Sanger in all the kit it got pretty warm


For more photos, take a Look at my photos page


BBQ Al Fresco Style

June 25th, 2012


Well the BBQ season is slowly coming upon us. No such here out in Afghan the days do get a bit repetitive and you seem to count down the days like you were in prison! So anything out of the norm is a welcome break as it breaks it up a bit. So we got some Al Fresco cooking on and had a BBQ. Was a good shout the only thing missing was beer, haven’t touched a drop in over 2 months now… Was still good to sit down and chill out with everyone for a bit, even though I had to stay sober


I am trying to upload some photos of my tour to my gallery so look out for them soon

Across the wire

June 8th, 2012


Well a bit of a delayed update but a couple of week ago I had my first trip across the wire, made a nice change to get out of Camp Bastion in order to do a site Reccie. So picked up my bombs and bullets and jumped on a Chinnock in order to go over to a small PB located in the north of Helmand Province.


Part of my journey was meant to be a road move but I managed to blag a lift in the chopper all the way there, in order to try and minimise my time on the ground. Was only meant to be out for about 15 hours but because the PB was under contact quite frequently I ended up having to stay there for 3 or 4 days, living conditions were basic to say the least but at least I managed to get some good work done while I was there. With the option to get out on the ground quite a bit and the opportunity to get round Bastion quite a bit should split the tour up nicely. Seeing the area from the air makes you appreciate just how big this place is


Living It up Tent Stylie

June 8th, 2012


Well with 6 months on this tour were staying in tented accommodation, it’s not too bad and let’s face it, Could be a lot worse. Sharing with 7 other people so personal space is a bit of a rarity, but there we go at least it’s not as cramped as what it was on FTX


As you can see above, it’s a bit too cosy and not the normal 50′ TV on the wall but it is what you make of it, the beds are divided up by mosquito nets….. Even tho I have yet to see a damn mosquito out here…. Think it’s too hot for them! There is a air con unit hooked up to the tent which makes a good escape from the blazing heat when it’s working


Matt being the massive geek he is got Mortal combat up and running on his laptop, now I’m talking the Old Skool Sega version that I used to play back when I was a kid, back when I used to be awesome, wear Nike air and have an Afro. Now I suck, can only play as scorpion and only know one move ha ha


Planning on pimm’in out my pod at some point but for the moment I’m going to bed. Had a 12 hour night shift yesterday followed by a epic 2hr gym session then another 12 hour shift followed by a fitness assessment today

Afghanistan Operation Herrick 16

June 2nd, 2012


Well! I’ve been in Afghanistan for little over month now. Flew out via Cyprus. Been trying to update my Blog for quite a while but because of the Internet connection and the fact I have to bounce off several satellites, it has proven a bit difficult. Think I managed to wangle it tho on my IPad as apps seem to be the way forward out here


I started with a 6 day RSOI package, since I should be out and about on the ground every now and then. No doubt the training and tactics will come in handy

Weather here is pretty scorching 40c+ and set to get hotter as the summer continues. Especially warm when your running around in full kit, boots, gloves, helmet, 25Kg of body armour ammunition and task kit

…. Anyway here’s to hopefully future updates – will try and get a few more updates and pics on here as and when I can

Final Training Exercise

March 24th, 2012



Well, not long been back of exercise. Im on leave now for a bit before we go away. Spent the last 4 weeks or so training on Salisbury Plains. Living in Tents with no mains electricity  or running water so glad to be back in civilisation. Anyway heres a few pics