Sunday 4 December 2016

Soldiers finish marathon challenge

Published 11/09/2010 | 13:28

A soldier dismounts from the new 'Jackal 2' high mobility vehicle
A soldier dismounts from the new 'Jackal 2' high mobility vehicle

A group of soldiers have completed a marathon with a difference after pulling five Army vehicles 26.2 miles in the searing heat of Afghanistan.

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The 24-strong contingent, from the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Stores Troop, part of 1 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, completed the 14-hour challenge around a course in Camp Bastion.

They shifted a variety of military vehicles, ranging from the four-ton Vixen, to the nine-ton Jackal and Panther, the 14-ton Husky and the 30-ton Mastiff.

The troops completed the marathon this morning, braving temperatures of more than 35C (95F), to raise more than £2,000 for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association and St Dunstan's, who provide help for blind ex-service personnel.

Captain Steve Metcalfe, Officer Commanding RLC Stores Troop, said: "I wanted to make the event a real challenge and I think we did that, pulling the Mastiff felt like a case of the irresistible force against the immovable object.

"Doing the challenge on behalf of two such great charities, the way I looked at it was trading 15 hours of pain for me for what could be a lifetime of comfort for an injured serviceman."

Warrant Officer Class 1 Lee Grunshaw, 38, said: "It was extremely hard, for a good cause and, no, before you ask, I won't be doing it again."

Lance Corporal Sheldon Jacob, 27, added: "This was the hardest part of the last six months - it was non-stop effort all the way around.

"When we were first told of the challenge it seemed impossible and the sense of achievement we feel now reflects that."

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/RLC-Stores-Troop.

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