Captain Dutch Holland to run London Marathon for Just Rifles

Captain “Dutch” Holland, a Royal Green Jackets & 4 Rifles Rifleman since 1979 and still serving in today’s Local British Army Reserve unit, 678 (Rifles) Sqn will be running the London Marathon 2018 on behalf of Just Rifles, in a few weeks’ time.



Throughout his military career, Dutch has been assisting Riflemen in many ways.  More recently to help them adjust to civilian life. A keen ultra-athlete and mountain leader, during the last seven years he has raised thousands of pounds through various charity events, enabling less fortunate Riflemen to maintain a decent quality of life when they have found themselves in unusual circumstances. This year Dutch has been lucky enough to gain a ballot place in this year’s London Marathon and will run it in aid of Just Rifles – a registered military charity – in order to keep our Riflemen and their families supported through difficult times in the future.


By running this year’s London Marathon, it is his aim to honour the 55 Riflemen who were killed (one sadly who was a local man “Rfn Andrew Fentiman”), the 252 Riflemen who were wounded and the 453 British Army Soldiers that were killed in action in Afghanistan. Throughout the marathon, Dutch will be wearing five different Just Rifles charity shirts, coordinated by his support team. He will begin in a normal Just Rifles running strip, Running Number 9056. Dutch will run the marathon as follows:


  1. At the 55 mins point of the event Dutch will change into a shirt stating 55 Rfn KIA.
  2. At the 2hr 52 mins point, he will change into 252 Rfn wounded in action (WIA).
  3. At the 3hr 07 mins, he will change into 307 total killed or wounded.
  4. Dutch then intends to complete the event in 4hrs 53. Representing the 453 service personnel men and women killed on Op Herrick.


Can I please now ask that you to visit the Just Rifles Just Giving page and donate as much as you possibly can to continue to help those Rifleman and their families.  We all must, as good proud citizens, continue to give as much as we can, both in physical support and in financial terms, keep raising awareness to our service men and women for many years to come. You can follow Dutch’s progress on the Rifles donations page, the Strava running app, Twitter and Instagram, by searching for Dutch Holland.


TS Ark Royal Sea Cadets

Cadet First Class Lio Bradbury – TS Ark Royal


After hearing about how much fun the cadets were, Lio signed up to take advantage of the qualifications available such as rowing, sailing and kayaking.

SCC 1st Class Lio Bradbury - Weymouth

Julia said: “There are a lot of waterborne qualifications but there are also many practical aspects such as learning to live in the wilderness.  The best parts of being involved are making new friends and all the courses, plus overcoming challenges such as attempting to put on a wet suit.”



Cadet First Class Will Bradbury – TS Ark Royal


Will became a sea cadet after the enrolment of his brother and decided he wanted to try something new himself.

SCC 1ST Class Will Bradbury - Weymouth Camp

Finding some of the sports challenging, such as windsurfing, Will has gone on to learn many of the water sports including rowing and powerboating.

Will said:  “I have learnt how to speak to people and get involved. My favourite part has to be meeting new people and getting involved with the community.”

TS Zephyr Sea Cadets, Caterham

Petty Officer Cadet Nicole Milton – TS Zephyr

SCC POC Nicole Milton - Weymouth

Nicole was looking for something more active to do outside of school and something that would challenge her to improve her skills further.

Through cadets, Nicole has participated in a number of courses including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. She’s also been given the opportunity to be involved with the sea cadet’s exchange to South Korea.

Nicole said:  “I have developed many water sport skills and made so many friends both in the UK and other countries.”



Cadet First Class Julia Saper – TS Zephyr

SCC 1st Class Julia Saper - Weymouth

Julia signed up to the cadets as she liked the fact that she could go on courses that she never would have gone on before.

Mastering how to windsurf has been her biggest challenge but said “the best part of being involved is meeting new people.  I have met a lot of people and I have been able to try out lots of water sports that I would not have done if I hadn’t have become a sea cadet.”

Newhaven and Seaford sea cadets

Sea Cadet Ad Vol Heather Wells

Heather Wells in the Chief Petty Officer at Newhaven and Seaford sea cadets.

Heather started as a Cadet in Manchester and became a volunteer there before moving to the South Coast. Besides being an adult volunteer with sea cadets, she also manages a registered care home for three adults with profound learning disabilities.

The life skills she has gained from cadets are confidence, patience and organisational skills.
She is also a First Aid instructor, a piping assessor and holds qualifications in kayaking, sailing and power boating. Heather said “the best part of being a volunteer with cadets is seeing them grow into well rounded, helpful, polite and skilled young people that the whole community can be proud of.”


SCC Bio - Cadet AC Catherine Boorman

AC Catherine Boorman is with Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets after becoming interested in all the competitions the unit was involved with. Catherine has gained many new skills from cadets including drill, boating and Kayaking.

Catherine said: “The best part of being a cadet is the experiences I have and am going to have. I believe that it has shown me how important the Armed Forces are and it has changed my behaviour for the better.”

HMS King Alfred Royal Naval Reservists

Navy Petty Officer Denise Wright – HMS King Alfred 


Working with the NHS, Denise still finds time to accommodate her role as a reserve with HMS King Alfred.

She believes that her time with the reserves has hugely benefitted her civilian job and is grateful that her employers have been so supportive.

Denise said: “I have two very exciting careers and I am passionate about them both.  I love what I do and all the exciting opportunities that it presents. I’ve never been more proud of the reserves, it inspires me to just keep going and I am hugely grateful that my employer supports me in that.”

Res Bio Navy - Petty Officer Denise Wright

Denise has found that there are so many professional opportunities and fun aspects within the reserves. There are so many different activities available and it has expanded her knowledge and skill set.


Sub-lieutenant Graeme Nolan RNR – HMS King Alfred


A primary school teacher from Hampshire, Graeme Nolan has gained invaluable experience whilst being a reservist including embarking on HMS Iron for Exercise Joint Warrior. Based in HMS KING ALFRED in Portsmouth, Sub-lieutenant Nolan is one of the growing numbers of Reservists that spend their free evenings and weekends training as a member of the Royal Navy.

As part of his training as a RNR Officer, Sub-lieutenant Nolan has been getting to grips with all of the elements that combine to make a Royal Navy warship function. From time spent with Marine Engineering maintaining diesel generators, time spent up on the Bridge witnessing a live gunnery off the Cost of Cape Wrath to seeing HMS Iron Duke during a war fighting exercise, it has allowed him to witness the RNs capability against Air, Surface and Sub-Surface threats.

Res Bio Navy - Sub Lt Nolan

Sub-lieutenant Nolan said:  “During Exercise Joint Warrior I undertook tasks throughout the ship with all departments on board.  The opportunities provided have been invaluable.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the highly-trained chefs, conducting Replenishments at Sea, conducting rounds with the Weapon and Marine Engineering departments.  The experiences I have gained with the reserves will provide a solid foundation for the rest of my RNR career and will leave lasting memories.”


Hear from our Army Reservists…

LCPL Caroline Cohen – Battalion Head Quarters, 4PWRR – Crawley

Caroline was recommended to join the reserves by an ex-regular that she met through her work as a solicitor.

Wanting to expand her skill range, the reserves has given her the opportunity to push herself further than she thought was possible.  Caroline has learnt how to overcome challenges such as working alone and being the only armourer supporting infantry battalion exercises.

Caroline said: “The best part of being a reservist, has been the chance to learn new skills and meet new people.  It opens your eyes as to what is available out there and what you can achieve with the right support.”

Res Bio Army - LCPL Caroline Cohen

Sapper Daniel Wrixon – CIS Troop, 8 Engineer Brigade

Working as a site manager SPR Daniel Wrixon has always wanted to sign up to the Army and the Reserves is the closest he felt he could get whilst still supporting his family.

Daniel enjoys the military lifestyle and the different people you get to meet.  The mentality of those in the military is that everyone mucks in to get the job done and he enjoys the drive and the push that comes with the Reserves.

The military training he has received has benefitted him in his civilian job and he has taken the structure into his role which he has used to plan and prioritise tasks.

Having never run before Daniel is now completing charity runs and marathons being inspired by his Reserve colleagues.

Daniels enthusiasm has now also encouraged his daughter to enrol with the Sea Cadets, which she thrives off.  She is really enjoying the trips, exercises away and being part of the military family.

Res Bio Army - SPR Daniel Wrixon

No. 4624 Squadron RAuxAF

Senior Aircraftsman – Richard Harris


Proudly watching his children progress into adults, Richard decided it was time for a challenge and to learn new skills to develop himself.

Initially, changing his mindset to adapt to studying again was a challenge but Richard soon found that his confidence increased, along with his fitness helping with his abilities to focus and complete set tasks.

Res Bio RAF SAC Richard Harris

Richard said: “ The best part of being a reserve is being part of a team who you can depend on both in a work and social environment.  The courses that have been made available to me have also helped me in my civilian career as there are so many transferable skills.  The life experience and team spirit are second to none.”


Senior Aircraftsman – James Crawley


Having been with the St Johns Ambulance, James knew he wanted to become a medic and with his family connections, knew the RAF was the obvious choice.

Having enjoyed exercises in Cyprus and the USA, James has had the opportunity to expand his skills in realistic environments.  As a flight medic, his role includes logistics and medical care to sick and injured personnel, escorting patients to suitable treatments facilities.

Res Bio RAF - Senior Aircraftsman James Crawley

James said: “ It has made me more focused than I was before.  Alongside becoming fitter and healthier, it has made me more confident and much more aware of my abilities than I thought possible.  I take great pride in my service and making a difference to others.”