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Melton man to undertake gruelling challenges on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins

A Melton Dad and Podcast Host will go up against some of the UK's most elite as he competes in the new series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Pete Wakefield who is 33 and a Firefighter for Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service said he wanted to go on the show to learn from high functioning people.

Aged 15 Pete started playing Roller Hockey for GB and started going to the gym to boost his performance levels. Keen to also improve his physique, Pete got into power lifting.

Pete thought getting stronger would make him happy and stop bullies from picking on him, so he started taking steroids. As his habit escalated, he was eventually thrown out of his family home at 18 because his parents found needles in his room.

Pete has now given up steroids and hosts a podcast for the firefighter community where he also openly discusses their damaging side effects.

He’s now realised the real values of being a strong person on the inside and wants to take on the course to test his inner strength and determination.

He said: "I am a naturally obsessive person who, as a recovered addict, is passionate about discovering what makes people put themselves into challenging situations over and over again. This is what made me want to be a firefighter.

I wanted to come on this experience to put myself around other high functioning people in a hope that I’d listen and learn from them. I want to keep reaching in life and I want to punch through into that next chapter.

We can all be guilty of becoming stale and I want to strip that growing level of comfort and place myself around other passionate, driven and exceptional people who hold themselves to a higher standard."

Leicestershire Firefighter Pete Wakefield. Photo: Pete Dadds/Channel 4

SAS: Who Dares Wins returns to Channel 4 on Monday with the most savage selection course yet, taking a new group of recruits into the deepest, darkest, most unforgiving jungle in the world, in Thung Ui, North Vietnam. 

Leading the Directing Staff (DS) this series, will be Billy (Mark Billingham), who spent half his decorated military career serving in the jungle. He will be joined by returning DS, Foxy (Jason Fox),  Rudy Reyes and brand new member of the DS team, Chris Oliver, a former Special Forces Operator.  

Throughout the 6 x 1 hour episodes, the new SAS: Who Dares Wins DS will lead 20 ordinary men and women through the punishing jungle phase of SAS selection - one of the toughest environments faced by Special Forces operatives.  Testing their mental and physical ability, by the end of the series, the recruits will discover who has what it takes to pass this unique SAS selection course.

Pete, who has been a Firefighter for 15 years, added: "The climate was absolutely intense. I don't know that there is any way to fully prepare for this. My body was sweating from the second I stepped off the plane. It was difficult to relax or sleep even during the very brief time I was given.

Everyday we were there, our bodies were getting weaker. I try to prepare for hot and cold climates and trained HIIT sessions in a sauna on a weekly basis in anticipation of being somewhere hot and uncomfortable.

My role as a firefighter helped me to push my body in hot, dangerous and hostile environments without panicking"

SAS: Who Dares Wins - Jungle Hell starts Monday night at 9pm on Channel 4.

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