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Brian Wood MC is a former colour sergeant with the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and set the veteran community alight with his Ultimate Sacrifice Challenge in November 2021 - running 25 marathons in 25 days, a mile for each of the 635 British men and women killed serving in Iraq & Afghanistan and raising more than £130,000 for Walking With The Wounded.
Brian already had an incredible story. He was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, by Her Majesty The Queen II, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq in the 'battle of Danny Boy'.
In the heat of a lethal close quarters battle, fighting outnumbered, he seized the initiative, taking a split-second decision to lead his men into the teeth of enemy fire in the first bayonet charge by British soldiers in 25 years - which has subsequently been turned into a BBC Two drama.
Leading from the front, he put his own life in great danger. Under his command, Brian’s men defeated the enemy without sustaining any serious casualties themselves. Their actions that day saved many other soldiers’ lives.
Despite this Brian was later subjected to a lengthy legal investigation about what happened that day - with all allegations eventually being thrown out and leading to his bestselling book 'Double Crossed' about the fight to clear his name.
During a 16 year military career, Brian led British troops across the full spectrum of battle from training to fighting; from operations in the Balkans to high intensity combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and now represents those fell and those who need support.
He has helped champion Walking With The Wounded's Walking Home For Christmas campaign, created the 'Longest Day Challenge' event in partnership with his Keep Attacking brand, and supported the charity's mental health and employment programmes to get those who served, and their families, back on their feet and able to make a positive contribution once more.