23 SAS in Iraq | Nick Grainge | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #223

23 SAS in Iraq, features Nick Grainge who served with the British special-forces, going on to become a highly successful athlete.

23 SAS in Iraq | Nick Grainge

Nick is a highly successful athlete across a broad spectrum of physical and mental disciplines. He has won competitions internationally across a range of events. These include sprint triathlons, ultra mountain races and long expeditions across the world with the Special Forces. In this podcast, Nick tells us about his time as a 23 SAS operative whilst serving in the middle-east.

Transcript from ’23 SAS in Iraq’ podcast

Nick – When I joined HRC I had to do a separate selection. It was devised by a bit of a legend that was in 22. I won’t mention his name, if you don’t mind, but he was an inspirational character and helped me facilitate my move forward. In actual fact, he was the one that approached me on a number of times and said, ‘I want you to go for HRC’.

What we found was that everybody from 22 and 23, were very capable SF soldiers. When they went to 22, they all got stand-up fails at the end. They weren’t right for that unit and much later, the guy who devised HRC, had a look at that whole political kind of situation I believe. I’d left by that time in 2004 and said, look this isn’t good enough. These are these are lads that essentially I have trained, because I devised this unit called HRC.

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