A former soldier is planning to run a marathon in Afghanistan and complete a unique treble of sporting achievements in the world’s most troubled hotspots.
Jordan Wylie has already completed a 10k run in Somalia and a half marathon in Iraq.
But the ex-intelligence specialist faces his toughest challenge yet in running across the unforgiving terrain of the Afghan desert.
Despite the risk of an ex-soldier returning to the war-torn country he will be running alone without any back up teams or support on his first ever attempt at a marathon.
Jordan, who served for 10 years in the Army with tours of duty in Iraq and Northern Ireland, says he is aware of the risks of a ex-soldier returning alone to Afghanistan.
ritish troops fought a 13 year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan following the invasion by US forces after the 9/11 terror attack on New York.
More than British 400 soldiers were killed and over 5,000 injured during the conflict.
Jordan said: ‘Of course it will be high risk as I am a former soldier in the British army and returning to a country where we were in conflict with the Taliban.
‘ I am aware of that, and have all my training to know about the risk. But there are other elements that make this such a tough place to be.
‘The marathon will be at an altitude of 3,500ft and so there will be problems with the climate and the conditions will be extreme.
I know it is going to be extremely tough. I am not worried about how long it takes to run the marathon – I just want to finish.’
Jordan cannot reveal the exact date he will start the marathon or its location due to security reasons, but hopes to be finished by the end of next month.