By Dave Flanagan
“She’d think this was just another day in the life of me,” says Tremaine Kent, reflecting on how his late wife Carla would have reacted to his plan to run all 4 Deserts events during 2010. “She’ll be with me every step of the way though.”
Carla, who lost her fight against cancer in August of this year, was well used to the extremes of Tremaine’s life. Until he retired in 2008, Tremaine - or Trig, as he’s known to friends - was a member of the UK’s Special Forces. By his own admission, he’s lived a “hostile” life.
But since Carla passed away, 40-year-old Trig has dedicated himself to helping others through Carla’s Angels - the charity he set up in her memory. His attempt to complete all 4 Deserts events in a single year is aimed at raising £30,000 for the charity’s first project – creating a garden at the new palliative care centre in Great Yarmouth’s James Paget University Hospital.
“My life’s been about destroying things,” says Trig, half jokingly. “Now I want to do something positive.”
Only experienced ultra runners Dean Karnazes and Paul Liebenberg have completed all 4 Deserts events within a year, but after a professional life spent operating beyond normal physical and mental limits, Trig remains undaunted by what lies ahead.
“It’s going to be spiritual,” says Trig, who begins his 4 Deserts endeavour with the Atacama Crossing 2010. “I’m going not just to race, but also to meet like-minded people. I want to really feel like I’m living and experience some parts of the world I’d never normally get to see.”
Trig knows it will be brutally hard, but thoughts of Carla and the support of all her family and friends will keep him going. He’ll also have the company of fellow Great Yarmouth runner, Owen Beales.
“The last year of Carla’s life was all about her giving gifts to everyone,” adds Trig. “The gift that she gave to me was the chance to give something back to life after years of taking from it. One thing I’ve got is my health and I can use it to benefit others. Life is for living and if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”
More information on Carla’s Angels can be found at www.carlas-angels.com.