30 soldiers will be running the London marathon this weekend in aid of the military charity tickets for troops. They are aiming to raise tens of thousands of pounds.
The good cause provides free tickets for sailors, soldiers and airmen and women for major sporting, music and theatre events.
The runners – 20 men and 10 women – will include those who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Libya, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands.
They represent units including HQ London District, Force Troops Command and London Central Garrison, King’s Troop RHA, 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards and 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards.
Other runners will come from the 1st Battalion The Irish Guards, Royal Household Division Bands, 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and 20 Transport Squadron RLC.
Major Catherine Russell, 44, from Tring, Herts, who has served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Corps of Signals said: “Tickets For Troops is a charity which supports all troops.
“I’ve used it since I’ve been working in London and it is nice to be able to give something back to the charity.”
Some of the other military runners will be representing the 256 Field Hospital RAMC, 3 Military Intelligence Battalion, HQ Corps of Army Music, The Honourable Artillery Company, D Squadron The Royal Yeomanry and The London Regiment.
A former Head Coachman to HM The Queen and member of the Royal Household, Plymouth-born Jack Hargreaves, 49, of the Royal Horse Artillery – who served in Kosovo and received the MVO (Member of the Victoria Order) in the 2017 Birthday Honours – will also be among the runners.