“David F”

British Hero WOD

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  • For Time
  • 1,000 meter Burden Run (25 kg sandbag)
  • 100 Push-Ups
  • 100 Sit-Ups
  • 100 Air Squats
  • 100 Double-Unders
  • 100 ft Rope Climbs (accumulate over multiple ascents)
  • 1,000 meter Burden Run (25kg sandbag)

For the rope climb, accumulate 100 ft total before moving on to the final run. If you are climbing a 15 ft rope, 7 ascents are required (round up from 6.66).

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Background: This British Hero WOD is dedicated to David Fairbrother (22) 42 Commando Royal Marines who died on 2011/09/19.

On 19th September 2011 RM Fairbrother of 42 Commando; Kilo Company, was leading a foot patrol in Helmand Province when his troop suddenly came under attack from close range fire. David (24), who was five months into his six month tour, received a shot to the head and despite best efforts from the team medic, was pronounced dead on arrival at Camp Bastion just 20 minutes later.

Skydiving had always been a true passion for David following a tandem skydive he competed for his 16 birthday. Shortly after, he went on to gain his solo-skydiving qualification at The Black Knights Parachute Centre near his hometown of Blackburn before then working towards additional qualifications within the sport.

Ironically, David's troop, K-Company, was also nicknamed ‘Black Knights’ and so armed with the company’s themed t-shirts and at his local dropzone, it seemed only fitting for his family and friends to remember him by and pay their respects to him through a memorial charity skydive. On the 7th April 2012, one by one each supporter strapped themselves into a harness, boarded a plane, climbed the 15,000ft to altitude and threw themselves out of a perfectly good aircraft.

Royal Marine Fairbrother’s mum, Julie, had always wanted to experience how David felt during a skydive and having just fallen 125mph towards to the ground, was amongst one of the first to land. Speaking of the event, she said: “That was fantastic! That was the best thing I have ever done in my life.”

Having also completed his first ever skydive, one of David's best friends, James Hadfield, added: “I would never have jumped out of a plane if it wasn’t for such an amazing person as you Dave.”

One of David's wishes was for any fundraising efforts to be put towards The Royal Marines Charity – a charity very close to his heart.

Also dedicated to Jonathan Mckinlay who died in the same month.

We first found this Hero WOD posted on British Hero WODs on September 18, 2016.
Equipment : Jump Rope, Rope, Sandbag
Scoring : For Time
Category : The Heroes
Dates : September 19