Action man Lee is earning his stripes as a Reservist

Lee Northam takes a well-earned break from putting troops through their paces to relax in the Lake District
Lee Northam takes a well-earned break from putting troops through their paces to relax in the Lake District

Most people head to the Lake District to enjoy the spectacular scenery and perhaps climb a fell or two - if they are feeling particularly energetic.

Sergeant Lee Northam does that - and a whole lot more.

The 42-year-old, who lives near Horncastle, serves with a Lincoln-based Army Reserve Unit - the 160 (Lincoln) Squadron Royal Logistics Corp.

He leads the adventure training schedule for the unit.

Open water canoeing, hill walking and mountain biking are just a sample of the activities completed by the Reservists this year.

Sgt Northam believes that challenging Reservists in the outdoors can bring the best out in people.

He said: “This summer we were fortunate to be able to take a group of 25 Reservists to the Lake District to take part in an adventure training schedule designed to push them out of their comfort zone and test their personal fitness abilities.

“The team was made up of both male and female Reservists. Watching how they worked together to encourage each other to try new things and reach personal goals was amazing.”

Previously serving in the British Army as a regular (full-time) soldier, Sergeant Northam joined his local Reserve unit in April this year.

He added: “I missed the camaraderie of my full time Army career .

“I love hill walking so to be able to lead groups of fellow Reservists to experience new challenges in the outdoors is fantastic.

“This year we took to the waters in a canoe, rode a number of miles on varied terrain through the Lake District on a mountain bike and trekked up a number of hills to improve our fitness, confidence and team working skills.

“Adventure training is exciting and completely different to my new day job as a driver.

“Most of all though I enjoy learning new skills that I may otherwise not have had a chance to gain due to cost.”

○160 (Lincoln) Squadron RLC, is part of an Army Reserve Transport Regiment that can provide transport support and trained soldiers to take part in operations when needed.

To learn more about joining contact 01522 529082 or email