Fundraiser Debbie will carry a 14kg solider’s pack as she runs the French Riviera Marathon

A WEEKEND in the South of France may sound idyllic ... but for fundraiser Debbie Smith it’s bound to be a hard slog.

She will pound the roads from Nice to Cannes to run a marathon with a 14kg soldier’s pack on her back.

Debbie, 34, is setting off on Saturday to complete the French Riviera Marathon and expects to raise about �3,000 for Help for Heroes.

She has become a local co-ordinator for the charity that looks after injured service personnel.

Debbie said: “I had been training with a 20kg pack carried by male soldiers, but a trainer in Afghanistan advised me that such a weight could cause me injury, so I have cut my pack down to the size carried by women soldiers.

You may also want to watch:

“The pack I am carrying used to belong to a soldier who was injured in Afghanistan and lost both his legs.

“His wife lent me the pack ... she thinks I am mad.”

Most Read

To sponsor Debbie, contact 07411 492700.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter