VIDEO: Injured Chesterfield serviceman prepares for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games

Wounded servicemen use a wind tunnel at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Wounded servicemen use a wind tunnel at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

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An injured serviceman from Chesterfield has been using a wind tunnel to prepare for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games - which begin in just ten days time.

Craig Preece, of Mansfield Road, Scarcliffe, lost his leg below the knee after the vehicle he was travelling in hit an IED, in Afghanistan.

The explosion, in 2010, destroyed his vehicle, killed four other soldiers and left one paralysed.

Craig, who had to learn how to walk again following the explosion, has been determined not to dwell on the horrors of his past.

He will be taking part in athletics (track 1500m), cycling and swimming at the games.

Participating in the Invictus Games in 2014 was a fantastic experience for Craig and his family.

Wounded servicemen use a wind tunnel at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Wounded servicemen use a wind tunnel at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

It gave him the opportunity to showcase his hard work and dedication to cycling.

Since being injured, cycling has become a huge part of his rehabilitation, giving him the independence and drive to continue with sport and training which has made a massive impact on his life.

Craig – along with fellow UK team member Darran Challis - was given access to Jaguar Land Rover’s aerodynamic testing facility - usually reserved for testing cars in extreme weather. They took part in an aerodynamic cycling training session, facing gusts of up to 40mph.

The pair are in final preparation for the Invictus Games, which take place from May 8-12 in Orlando, Florida.

Cyclists Darran Challis and Craig Preece were given access to Jaguar Land Rover's aerodynamic testing facility usually reserved for testing cars

Cyclists Darran Challis and Craig Preece were given access to Jaguar Land Rover's aerodynamic testing facility usually reserved for testing cars