Triple mountain run with deafblind athlete

Eastbourne soldier Captain Ed Adams. August 2014. SUS-140822-161903001
Eastbourne soldier Captain Ed Adams. August 2014. SUS-140822-161903001

A soldier will lead a deafblind man on a series of gruelling mountain runs as the pair brace themselves to complete the Three Peaks challenge.

Captain Ed Adams, of Eastbourne, who currently serves in the Royal Corps of Signals, has been asked to guide and support Stephen Joyce up the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in the space of 24 hours.

Stephen, from Cumbernauld, was born profoundly deaf and is now registered blind as a result of the rare genetic condition Usher Syndrome.

Ed, who has served in Germany, completed a tour of Afghanistan and currently is second in command of the Joint Task Force HQ Squadron, said he was “delighted” to be asked to help.

He said, “The actual run itself is pretty daunting but the soldiers participating are more wary of the fact we must constantly concentrate on Stephen’s well-being and ensure the path ahead does not pose any problems for him.”

Ed has previously won the British Army Germany Cross Country Championships as well as the 400m in the Royal Signals Athletics Championships.

He said, “I’ve always enjoyed the personal challenges that running brings, the discipline required to keep in shape, and the mental and physical reward for that hard work.”

With Stephen and a small group of highly fit army officers, Ed will climb more than 11, 000 feet for the challenge on September 6.

The team is fundraising for Deafblind Scotland, a charity which supports adults who live with a severe dual sight and hearing loss.

Alison Hardie, of the charity, said Deafblind Scotland was “extremely grateful” to Ed, and wished him good luck.

“We can’t imagine how difficult it will be for him to not only run the Three Peaks but maintain focus on Stephen,” she said.

To support Ed, donate at: blind3peaks.