Fenland fundraiser to carry 30kg rucksack in Help for Heroes marathon

JUST two months after tackling the Barcelona Marathon, Debbie Smith is back on the Help for Heroes fundraising trail - and this time she’s got a four stone weight on her back.

The dedicated fundraiser, from March, is planning to take on the 26-mile French Riviera Marathon in November while shouldering a full army rucksack weighing 30kg.

Mrs Smith raised around �2,000 for Help for Heroes by completing the Barcelona Marathon in March. She has also held charity stalls across Fenland to raise money for the charity that supports injured ex-servicemen.

She said: “I did say I’d never run another marathon because I felt rotten for about a week after the last one - but then I watched the London Marathon and thought I need to get back into this.

“The rucksack idea just came into my head. I have never done weights and I’m only a little person - the rucksack is nearly as big as me. I need someone with a military background to help me train.”

Mrs Smith said that her passion for Help for Heroes fundraising started after she read a book by badly-burned Afghan war hero Martyn Compton. She has since received messages of support from the author himself.

After crossing the line in Barcelona earlier this year, Mrs Smith was also congratulated by Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry.

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The determined fundraiser added: “I’m fortunate. I have got a nice home and a nice life and I feel like I should be doing something to help our troops.”

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