Marathon feat by local soldier

Soldiers from the 258 Signal Squadron, 3 Divisional Signal Regiment take a moment to have their photo taken with two Leeds Carnegie Rugby Club stars, Steve Thompson and Neil Back, after finishing a 26-mile ruck march to complete their 7 Marathons in 7 Days charity event May 10 in Kabul. The troops completed the week's events to raise money for Combat Stress U.K., the Bland Project and the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO). (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke)
Soldiers from the 258 Signal Squadron, 3 Divisional Signal Regiment take a moment to have their photo taken with two Leeds Carnegie Rugby Club stars, Steve Thompson and Neil Back, after finishing a 26-mile ruck march to complete their 7 Marathons in 7 Days charity event May 10 in Kabul. The troops completed the week's events to raise money for Combat Stress U.K., the Bland Project and the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO). (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Pomrenke)

AN EASTWOOD soldier completed seven marathons in seven days to raise money for three charities.

Lance Corporal Sam McCracken, 20, was one of seven soldiers from 258 Signal Squadron serving in Afghanistan to tackle the challenge, which raised over £3,000.

Corporal Geraint Davies, who led the week’s events, said: “On the first day we realised how difficult the whole event was going to be, not only was there the hot 30 degree heat to contend with but also the altitude in Kabul as it sits over 2,000 feet above sea level.

“We completed day one with little more than sore legs, some blisters and red faces though!”

The boys did two marathons on a cross trainer, one on an exercise bike, one on a rowing machine and two running outside in 30 degree heat. The final day was a loaded march, with each team member carrying 25kg.

Cpl Davies added: “They were all dreading the final day. We started at 8am and the heat got to us straight away. We received loads of support from members of our squadron based in other locations in Kabul though and I think that’s what got us through.”

The three charities chosen were Combat Stress UK, Afceco and Project Bland. Combat Stress UK helps serving and ex-servicemen who are suffering mentally, Afceco is an orphanage in Afghanistan and Project Bland aims to help a local school to build toilet facilities.