On the 1st – 5th November, 10 Royal Engineers from 39 Engineer Regiment, Cambridge will walk/tab 10 marathons in 5 days to raise funds for St Dunstan’s, the national charity supporting blind ex-Servicemen and women.

My name is SSgt Jim Offord, I’m currently serving with 39 Engineer Regiment, myself and 9 others have returned from the Middle East and have thrown ourselves into this challenge, which we have devised, as a way of giving back to the charities that have helped our fellow soldiers and friends in difficult times.

St Dunstan’s have residential care centres at Sheffield and Brighton, The team aim to walk from one to the other via the national HQ in London, we will be wearing combat boots, and carrying 39lb Bergen’s for each marathon. We aim to complete a marathon every 6 hours, and then have 6 hours recovery, so yes we will be marching through the night!

In addition to this challenge we will also be completing 10 extra marathons on treadmills to promote our challenge, we are also looking to break a world record or two.

We would be extremely grateful for your support towards this Forces Challenge, which will give us a chance to raise money to help St Dunstan’s continue to provide the lifelong support blind ex-Servicemen and women need.

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rather than start a new thread, thought I would put a swift notette here.

By way of an additional BUMP, another singular Sapper is fundraising in July, in this instance for the British Limbless Ex Servicemen's Association (BLESMA) - who do a fantastic job for our injured Servicemen and women.

Lots of folk seem to want to cycle the length of Britain - not many choose to do it on a folding bike!

here y'go:

The Alternate Ten Days In July. JOGLE 950 Miles on a Brompton Fold Up Bicycle 15 - 24 Jul 2010.

Why JOGLE? And Why on a Brompton Foldup Bicycle? John O Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) is something that every cyclist wants’ to do and I am no different. Its a challenge and it's there so why not!

The main reason for completing the challenge is to raise money for The British Limbless Ex Serviceman's Association (BLESMA) and The British Legion (Jersey).

Blesma is a charity that directly supports all our service men and women who lose limbs, the use of limbs or eyes or the sight of an eye whilst in the service of our country. Blesma are with them whenever they are needed for the rest of their lives.

The British Legion (Jersey) again continues to support Ex Service Personnel both young and old and plays an important role in the welfare of Channel Islanders that have served their country.

Like so many servicemen and women that have served on recent Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan I have seen first hand the injuries sustained to service personnel and the long term injuries that they have to live with for the rest of their lives, long after the conflict has finished

I ask you to donate to Blesma on THIS SITE or if you want to donate offline to Blesma or The British Legion you can find Sponsorship forms at the following places:
Nick is keeping a blog as he progresses

The sun came out about 11:30 which has been long overdue and I headed over the Erskine bridge and skirted round Glasgow via Paisley and East Kilbride.

Stopping off for something to eat I saw a McDonalds so I cycled through the drive-through only to be told "sorry we can serve you on your bike due to insurance and health and safety" unbelievable! I decided to pop into M&S and get some decent food.

The road through Paisley and East Kilbride was pretty bad, potholes and loads of traffic lights. It's also pretty undulating which does not make things easy with the knee which is giving me terrible pain.

I have bandage it up but it has become so painful I'm putting about 20% on my left knee with my right leg doing most Of the work. I can't even stand up out of the saddle as my knee just gives way.

Anyway made good progress with another 80 miles done.

Hotel is a god send with a nice bath and an ice pack should help .

Saw a great sign today which said " don't be a tosser!" throw your rubbish in a bin.

95 psi on 18 inch wheels? eeesh.....

For an update ( and encourage him) click on LINKY

Plse excuse the unwarranted intrusion ......and now, back to the records......

Don Cabra

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