Exmouth's Steven dares to take on SAS TV challenge
PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 October 2016
© Vance Jacobs 2016
Television cameras have caught the moment an Exmouth man returned to the armed forces life 10 years after he was discharged.
Steven Crompton, 27, of High Street, took part in series two of SAS: Who Dares Wins on Channel Four. The first episode aired on Monday.
The show follows 25 civilians as they are put through testing challenges that mirror those endured by potential SAS recruits.
During this series, Steven and his fellow contestants were sent to the Ecuadorian jungle.
Steven said he is a big fan of the show and was delighted to have the chance to test himself.
He said: “The opportunity to push myself to my limits was an amazing experience.
“When you’re outside your comfort zone, you really grow more. It’s about facing your fears and putting yourself in some situations you usually back away from.”
Steven joined the army air corps 10 years ago at the age of 17 but, after 18 months, he was discharged.
He said: “I got through the first phase of training, but got into a gambling addiction and it all went downhill from there.
“When I was discharged from the army, I went through a lot of anxiety issues. I want to help people exercise their demons through physical training.
“When I got discharged, it destroyed my self-belief because that was what I wanted to do.”
The construction worker has been training on the Jurassic Coast and the Exe Estuary in preparation for the show.
The Exmouth Harriers member is also gearing up for an attempt to break the record for running between John O’ Groats and Land’s End, which currently stands at nine days, two hours and 26 minutes.
SAS: Who Dares Wins airs for the next four weeks on Channel Four, at 9pm.