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Christopher Shirley – 32, from Guildford, high-risk operations planner at the BBC
Ex Royal Marine Christopher Shirley is training hard for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD attempt this April when he will run the London Marathon with massive 100 lbs in his backpack, and that is before his water bottle is weighed in.
“I love a challenge and this is one I am determined to succeed with because it is for a very important cause. I am training by running round the countryside with lots of weights. In the past I have done two Ironman triathlons, a double marathon, the Commando tests which feature 30 mile runs and several ultra marathons.”
Rod Eldridge – 52, from Attleborough, clinical mental health lead for Walking With The Wounded
Joined the Army in 1986 and left in 2012 after completing eight operational tours and now is spearheading WWTW’s Head Start project, a programme which addresses the needs of ex-service personnel suffering with mental injuries.
Vivi Qi – from London, working for China Focus
I am very touched by the work WWTW have done and it would be great if my run can bring in more support for this from the Chinese community in the UK.
Teya Field – 26, from Trowbridge, product manager for LF Beauty
A friend of mine was injured in combat and has been an inspiration to me in all that he has achieved since losing his arm. I’d like to give something back.
Paul Kelly – 45, from Taunton, project manager for Debenhams
I have served with many of the men and women who are going through some of the support that Walking With The Wounded provides and I want to give something to that.
George Oliver – 26, from King’s Lynn, senior consultant at Badenoch & Clark
I felt compelled to raise money for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Charlotte Jopling – 26, from London, client relations and marketing assistant for S.W. Mitchell Capital
Initially I heard about the charity back in 2011 through my uncle who is currently in the army and mentioned the incredible work that WWTW do. I want to raise as much money as possible to help with the rehabilitation both mentally and physically of those people who have really paid the ultimate sacrifice so they can go about their daily lives.
Captain Julie Ann-Peart – 34, from Cheshire, army physiotherapist at DMRC Headley Court
Having worked very closely with injured service men and women it would be nice to be able to give something back to them in order to help them and their families make the most of their potential.
Frankie Lambert – 25, from Chelmsford, barmaid
I love running and especially for causes close to my heart. I’m running the London Marathon for the Walking With The Wounded because I have the upmost respect for our soldiers, to be able to run for a cause which gives something back means the world :).
Ryann Peterson – 32, from Hitchin, construction planner for Kier
I was injured during Royal Marine training, spent two years in rehab and struggled to adapt to being a civilian. Now I want to do all that I can for those that sacrifice for us.
Melanie Jerwood – 41, from Feltham
My brother experienced difficulties adjusting to life outside the army and charities such as Walking With The Wounded provided help and support.
Caroline Howard – 50, from Reading
I was inspired to run for charity for several reasons, firstly after watching DIY SOS where they built homes for the wounded and then the Walking With The Wounded walkers walked past where I work in Sandhurst on the Walk Of Britain. Lastly, my husband was in the Engineers and had a few months in Afghanistan.
Lucy Smith – 34, from Exeter, office manager at D&R Designs
I live in a Royal Marine commando town so I have utmost respect for anyone who is willing to put their life on the life to fight for our country. My Grandad was a Royal and fought in World War 2 so this is something very close to my heart and if I can raise any amount to be able to help people who have been injured be rehabilitated into work then I am more than happy to. My training was going really well till I got a chest infection 4 weeks ago – but if these servicemen and women can be injured for us I am sure I can get round 26.2 miles for them.
I want to run the London Marathon for this fantastic charity. I have the utmost respect for anyone willing to put their life on the line for our country. Support for these people, especially after injury, should be everyone’s priority.
Emma Gray, from Sevenoaks
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