Soldiers take race to Afghanistan

Three soldiers who were unable to run the Reading half-marathon to raise funds for charity because they were unexpectedly posted to Afghanistan have vowed to raise the money while in action instead.

Mark, Wayne and Graham, whose full names have not been released for security reasons, were due to run the Reading half -marathon on 2 March to raise money for local hospice the Duchess of Kent House. However, when they were called up this month, they decided to run an half marathon in Afghanistan, by completing several circuits around their camp to make up the 12.5 miles.

The charity is sending out special Duchess of Kent House running vests to the team, which expects to raise about £500.

George Solly, Fundraising Manager, Duchess of Kent House Trust said: “We are delighted that once again soldiers and airforce men from RAF Odiham are supporting us in his way. Some have a personal connection because relatives have been cared for in the hospice.”

The hospice will also benefit from the Reading race because it has been adopted the official charity partner. It has about 70 runners so far and, based on previous years fundraising totals, it expects to receive about £10,000 in sponsorship. It will also receive a proportion of entry fees of the estimated 15,500 runners, which the hospice estimates will bring in an additional £5,000.

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