Chatteris soldier set for Help for Heroes treadmill run at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan
RUNNING 75 miles in 12 gruelling hours on a treadmill is an ominous challenge at the best of times.
But for Royal Engineer Chrissie Matthews it will be an even tougher test... as he will tackle the marathon in the searing heat of Afghanistan.
The 24-year-old, from Chatteris, is one of four soldiers who are taking part in the run to raise money for Help for Heroes.
The troops, who are all stationed at Camp Bastion, will begin their challenge today. They plan to keep two treadmills running for 24 hours by working in teams.
Chrissie, who is serving on his third tour of Afghanistan, said: “We will be running one hour on, one hour off for the whole 24 hours.
You may also want to watch:
“Each runner is looking at covering 120km, which is about 75 miles.”
Fellow soldiers Mark Herbert, Levi Scarlett and Ben Whitbread will join Chrissie for the challenge.
- 1 Rowdy passengers force train cancellation
- 2 Woman 'cannot afford to lose' over £3,000 through builder
- 3 Tributes to retired CEO who 'worked tirelessly' for town
- 4 HGV driver courses set up to help meet critical shortages
- 5 Fire destroys family bungalow in the Fens
- 6 Daughters remember artist father who would ‘always be there’
- 7 7 questions that could decide if you truly are from the Fens
- 8 Speeding car smashes into two vehicles before driving off
- 9 Shocks all round as police pull over 'white van man'
- 10 Inquest opens into death of labourer, 20, who drowned
The team of runners have already raised more than �600 for Help for Heroes in sponsorship.
Chrissie said: “The challenge is going to be far from easy but we are all determined to complete it and raise as much money as possible for this amazing charity.
“I have seen first hand the work that they do to help injured servicemen get their lives back on track after suffering injuries out here.”
To sponsor the soldiers visit their fund-raising page: www.bmycharity.com/24hrbastionrunner1