Monday 13th July
South Lawn Hotel, Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RF
Mick Monaghan is a retired Royal Navy officer, with 31 years service. After leaving the Navy he worked for Hewlett Packard for 17 years, as a senior manager in their Personnel and Veterans Agency.
Mick retired age 62 and he and his wife bought a small farm with holiday cottages in Devon. Family circumstances brought them back to the South Coast in 2011.
Always an adventurer and constantly wanting to test his physical limits, Mick's achievements include running the Freedom Trail across the Pyranees, treking the deepest canyon on the planet (the Cotahuasi in Peru) and participating in 10k races to raise funds for the RNLI.
He was awarded an MBE in 2009 for charitable services to ex-servicement and women
In his talk, Mick will describe one of his toughest challenges: competing in the Marathon des Sables to raise funds for St Dunstan's, a charity providing care and support for those who have served their country and subsequently suffered from blindness or severe visual impairment.
Widely regarded as the toughest foot race on earth, Marathon des Sables is a six-day, 251km ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco.