British infantry regiment 5 RIFLES have raised a massive £15,000 for Project 65, the military charity that has been started to commemorate D-Day.

Currently on operations in Iraq, elements of the Battalion ran a thousand 1 KM laps of their camp in an incredible 100 hours. The small group of soldiers ran in relays throughout the day and night, in the heat, cold and sand in order to complete the task. The fundraising activity was organised in advance of taking part in Project 65’s D-Day ultra-marathon.

5 RIFLES will make up some of the 200 runners (representing the 200 soldiers who took part in the Pegasus Bridge operation) who will aim to run 65 miles on 4th June from an old airfield in Dorset to Portsmouth. From there they will catch a ferry to Ouistreham, Normandy, before running the last couple of miles to the bridge. For those wishing to emulate their heroes of past and present, entry details and additional information can be found at as there are still a few places available.

Lt Col Edward Chamberlain explains why his battalion took up the mantle, “Project 65 is about raising money for people. It does not seek to build things or create institutions. It is all about making a difference to those whose lives have been blighted through war and conflict whilst serving our great nation. With this in mind we have organized mass participation events where operations have permitted. Amongst others, these activities have ranged from a sponsored 100-hour relay run to a fund raising casino Camel Racing night, a sponsored row, a belly dancing night, and 6 tandem parachute jumps. We have help from many, including Marco Pierre White and the Football Association’s Premier League – to all of whom go our eternal thanks.

“I can’t recommend Project 65 highly enough to anyone that wants to show their appreciation of the British Forces, both past and present, by taking part in one of the hardest charity challenges of which I’ve ever heard. You will all be heroes in your own way when you finish.”

Project 65 aims to raise £500,000, part of which will be used to erect a memorial to the men of the Pegasus Bridge force and those directly associated with that operation 65 years ago. The remainder of the money raised will be divided between The Royal British Legion, BLESMA, St Dunstan’s, RAF Benevolent Fund, Army Benevolent Fund, and Help for Heroes.