AN injured soldier from Worcester has returned to the UK after the team he founded completed the gruelling Dakar Rally.

Corporal Tom Neathway, of Crowle, formed the Race2Recovery project of predominantly injured soldiers with Captain Tony Harris.

However, his personal efforts to complete the 9,000km race over extreme mountain and desert terrain across 15 days ended when his Wildcat vehicle was forced to retire after mechanical issues caused by a particularly punishing stage four.

Major Matt O’Hare and co-driver Corporal Phillip Gillespie, crossed the finish line in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday, January 19, becoming the first ever disability team to complete the world’s toughest race.