Richard Parks is the former Welsh International and Barbarian flanker, who was forced to retire from professional rugby due to a career ending shoulder injury. In December 2010 Richard will start the unique, multi discipline 737 Challenge; a gripping seven month expedition to climb the 7 seven summits which are the highest mountain on each of the world's continents, and venture the last two degrees to The South Pole and the last degree to The Geographic North Pole. All against a seven month clock! If Richard is successful he will become the first person to have stood on the 3 Poles, namely The South Pole, The Geographic North Pole and the summit of Everest, in the same calendar year, and set a new benchmark in the climbing of the Seven Summits. He also aims to raise £1million for Marie Curie.
Allmakes 4x4 heard about the 737 challenge on Radio 2 and instantly felt that they wanted to be able to help in some way. Allmakes 4x4 embrace the spirit of adventure that people like Richard show, as do Project Mobility, the charity that Allmakes has supported this year, and as we had booked Sir Ranulph Fiennes for the Billing show and as Richard cites him as one of the primary influences behind attempting the challenge, it felt right to ask Richard to come along as well to promote his challenge and raise awareness for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Richard Parks and the Project Mobility guys hit it off in a big way. He even invited them to come along and support his 24-hour Multiple Climb of Pen-y-Fan at the end of July which they subsequently did. Captain Anthony Harris of A Company, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (who had only three months previously had a leg amputated after being caught in an IED explosion when the Jackal vehicle he was patrolling in was blown up in Sangin in May 2009) successfully attempted one of the climbs with Richard. This was the first major physical challenge that Anthony had attempted since the amputation. Parks set off from the Storey Arms at 5am. Pen-y-Fan is the highest peak in South Wales. Situated in the Brecon Beacons at 886 metres (2,907 ft) above sea-level, it is also the highest peak in Britain south of the Snowdonia mountain range. The mountain is used by the military for training and selection processes.
Allmakes 4x4 are now looking to work with Richard on the build up to his challenge and are keen for the Land Rover community to get behind this epic challenge. Richard aims to raise £1million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.