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Local soldier takes on 100-mile march challenge in aid of Forces charities

Two local soldiers will be taking on a 100-mile challenge to raise money for charity, including SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

CSGT James Doyle from Monmouth, and fellow soldier Michael Donnell from Coventry, plan to complete a 100-mile challenge whilst each carrying a 25kg weighted Bergan in aid of two charities: SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and Combat Stress.

In February 2021, James completed a series of 21 marches, each totalling 15.5 miles, to raise money for SSAFA and Barnardos. The event was due to take place on the infamous Pen Y Fan, dubbed ‘The Fan Dance’, but had to be completed in an alternative location due to Covid-19.

James’ next challenge has some weight behind it as the duo will carry a 25kg Bergan over a 100-mile course, made up of 100 one-mile laps within Dering lines Army camp in the Brecon Beacons.

They began their challenge on the Tuesday 12 October at 15.00pm and finished on Wednesday 13 October, marching through the night.

James said:

“I am doing this event for my mental health. The happiness I will feel sharing the completion of this event with my friends and family will keep me smiling for a year. And hopefully we can raise some money for these incredibly worthwhile charities as well”.

Michael added:

“These charities are not just close to our hearts as we conduct this charity event, but to the whole nation, serving, ex-serving. We as a team want to make a difference even if it’s by a small percentage.”

To donate to James and Michael’s fundraising page visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Brecon100miler

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