On the rugby pitch Jason Leonard was always on the frontline of the forwards battle. Never one to shirk his responsibility Leonard was the cornerstone of many victories – for both club and country as he rallied his troops for one more effort; for one last push.
Now he is preparing to rally his troops once again as he will lead a Wooden Spoon Team in next years Four Peaks Challenge.
One of the UK’s most exhausting, exhilarating and rewarding charity challenges, the Four Peaks Challenge sees teams of three climb more than 4200 metres to the summit and back of four of the highest peaks in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. In less than 48 hours!
Arguably the most important member of the team is the driver who will not only navigate and drive to the peaks, but will also nurture his team members with hot food, warm clothes and of course plenty of encouragement. A role made for Jason.
"Am I worried about the responsibility of getting my team in one piece to the finish line? Ive got no worries about the cooking, Im a dab hand with the camping stove and I know what it takes to keep professional players on top of their game. Im most worried about keeping all the stuff in order on the team bus anyone whos been on tour with me will know Im not the tidiest of people. I can see myself scrabbling in the dark for plasters and clean socks when actually Ive left them on the roof of the car when I drove off," laughed Leonard.
Hidden away at a secret training camp Jason is hard at work selecting his team for the Four Peaks Challenge.
With a selection process that makes the Apprentice look like Are You Smarter than a Ten Year Old?, Leonard certainly has his work cut out for him.
Jason is quite clear about his reasons for taking on the challenge "Its not just about my team, its about all the other guys and girls who turn themselves inside out for the Spoon. They spend all year raising money to help disadvantaged kids and then, can you believe it, their reward is to hurt themselves over four huge peaks. I want to thank them all personally and to do that Ill be at the bottom of every mountain seeing them off and cheering them back in. I want to be there to say a big thank you to all our volunteers. Thats what Im really looking forward to."