By Graeme / November 11, 2019

Mettle Monday – Unapologetically Me

Written by Vickie Long At seventeen I was a bit lost. A future working with horses was the plan however,…...

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By Graeme / October 28, 2019

Mettle Monday – 3 It’s the Magic Number

Written by Jill Mellor Being a cop was never in question as far as I was concerned, not only was…...

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By Graeme / October 14, 2019

Mettle Monday – Give Me Strength

Written by Efrem Brynin It’s June 2017, I’m just about to be given the worst news imaginable, except it’s not…...

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By Graeme / September 30, 2019

Mettle Monday – Turning Point

Written by Eddie Penney When asked to talk about when in my life/career did I feel the most growth I…...

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By Graeme / September 16, 2019

Mettle Monday – The Thin Blue Line

Written by Rebecca Mason I was born on the 27th May 1988, three months earlier than I should have been.…...

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By Graeme / August 12, 2019

Stob Ban & Mullach nan Coirean

Written By Graeme Walker Looking at my screen in work, I was counting down the hours until I could log…...

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By Graeme / August 5, 2019

Mettle Monday – Hiding In Plain Sight

Written by Mitchell Winters So, let me set the scene, it’s early 2005, I’m just your average guy doing average…...

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By Graeme / July 15, 2019

Mettle Monday – Escape The Ordinary

Written by Jordan Wylie I have always been fascinated by people who live their life like there are no limits…...

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By Graeme / June 3, 2019

Mettle Monday – Standing on My Own Two Feet

Written by Justin Davis March 2010. I had just successfully realised my childhood dream of becoming a British soldier and…...

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By Graeme / May 13, 2019

Mettle Monday – The Human Snowball

Written by Katy Parrott It’s funny how one thing can lead to another, throwing you off track and sending you…...

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By Graeme / May 10, 2019


“There is no way that was 10 years ago, mate” I said to my friend Fraser. “It is…….still awesome, right?”…...

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By Graeme / April 29, 2019

Mettle Monday – Cops & Robbers

Written by Alecia Emerson-Thomas When I was 21, I ran away from an abusive relationship. I found a new job…...

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By Graeme / April 13, 2019

Sink or Swim

Written by Paul Riley Look in the mirror. Try to recognise yourself. Who you are. Where you’re going. Where you’ve…...

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By Graeme / April 8, 2019

Mettle Monday – Who Would Have Thought It

Written by Sgt. Harry Tangye It was quite warm which was always a bonus, one less thing to worry about…...

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By Graeme / March 4, 2019


Written by Brad Watts I stood there looking at my two-year-old daughter Matilda dying in a hospital bed. I had…...

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By Graeme / February 18, 2019

Impossible is Nothing

Written by Steve Clench I always thought “Impossible is Nothing” was just the Adidas slogan and a saying my best…...

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By Graeme / February 4, 2019


Written by Gail Muller In the darkest of times, we thrive and survive by saddling up our hope and riding…...

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By Graeme / January 28, 2019

Look Up

At 5:45am the alarm goes off, and I grab around in the dark trying to find the thing to silence…...

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By Graeme / January 21, 2019

Mettle Monday – Bloody but Unbowed

Written by Jonny Parkinson I didn’t come from a good upbringing and was certainly no angel, I am thankful for…...

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By Graeme / January 7, 2019

Mettle Monday -Two Key Lessons from SAS selection

Written by Dan Pronk I think it’s fair to say that service with Special Forces changes a person, and that…...

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By Graeme / December 10, 2018

Mettle Monday – Badassery

Written by Liz Abram BADASSERY Self-Reliance is Key to a Vigorous Life A badass knows what they are capable of,…...

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By Graeme / November 26, 2018

Mettle Monday – 100g Of Lettuce

Written by Clementine Serrell Aged 29 and standing in my parent’s kitchen carefully weighing out EXACTLY 100g of lettuce, ritual…...

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By Graeme / November 12, 2018

Mettle Monday – A Sunflower Always Finds Light, No Matter How Dark The Day

Written by Gareth Smith On September 9th 2002 I jumped on the train and waved goodbye to family and loved…...

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By Graeme / November 5, 2018

Mettle Monday – Everest is in South Gloucestershire

Written by Will Downes-Hall Five miles and thirteen obstacles. That’s the basics of the sprint version of a popular obstacle…...

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By Graeme / October 24, 2018


Any business can be looked at as a process with inputs and outputs; it is important to get the right…...

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By Graeme / October 22, 2018

Mettle Monday – The Climb

Written by Natalie Ashman For me, a real turning point in my life was climbing Ben Nevis, I’m not sure…...

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By Graeme / October 8, 2018

Mettle Monday – A Lesson in Success

Written by Paul Careless In 1986 my Dad had just left the Army after serving for 24 years and bought…...

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By Graeme / October 2, 2018


“People think I am strong. I am not strong. There is a difference between a strong person, and a stubborn…...

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By Graeme / September 24, 2018

Mettle Monday – Meet Yourself

So, what’s this all about, I’ll try to keep it half normal. My name is Jay and I’m going tell you…...

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By Graeme / September 10, 2018

Mettle Monday – The Survival Blueprint

Written by Ollie Ollerton Hello this is Ollie and this is an extract from my MIND programme on the BREAK-POINT…...

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By Graeme / September 5, 2018

We Climb – They Fall

There are some things that feel better, when you have done them in less than perfect conditions. What I mean…...

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By Graeme / August 27, 2018

Mettle Monday – You Are A Long Time Looking At The Lid

Monday 28th September 2015. The day that wasn’t supposed to end the way it did. I didn’t really need to…...

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By Graeme / August 13, 2018

Mettle Monday – Meeting Marc Lee

Written by Sarah Rossetti Meeting Marc Lee Busy night at the bar. I was still new to bartending, barely eighteen.…...

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By Graeme / August 6, 2018

Mettle Monday – From The Ashes a Fire Shall Be Woken

Written by Tanya Haeffele When Graeme from The Forge asked me to write a blog post I was excited at…...

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By Graeme / July 30, 2018

Cross The Bridge

Risks are part of everyday life, they are always there. As we undertake tasks over and over again we learn…...

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By Graeme / July 19, 2018

Beyond The Wall

Motivation and mountains are inextricably linked, they both seem like a great idea at the time, but when the weather…...

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By Graeme / July 19, 2018

The Forge Opens

I am The Sculptor & The Clay The Forge has opened it’s doors, and these doors swing both ways. You can…...

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