Veterans

Veteran's coastline run of Britain concludes with fellow soldiers

A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has completed a 5,000-mile run around Britain's coastline, accompanied on the final leg by former colleagues, some of whom are still serving in the British Army.

Paul Minter, 36, set off on his epic journey around the UK coast in March.

Seven months on, having overcome adder bites and broken ribs, the runner reached the finish line of his long challenge at Crosby beach near Liverpool.

Speaking to Forces News moments after completing the run, Paul said he was "feeling really good" about reaching the finishing line. 

"So many people have come out to support me today, as they have done for the whole journey," the former member of the Household Cavalry Regiment said.

Paul's final leg, a five-mile stretch of coastline from Liverpool's Albert Dock to the finish line at Crosby beach, saw several former colleagues join him for the run.

Paul Minter hugs partner Chrissy at finish line.
Paul hugs partner Chrissy at finish line.

They included fellow veterans who served alongside Paul in Afghanistan and some who are still serving in the Army. 

One such supporter, Staff Sergeant Dean Perryman, 35, who's currently serving in the Light Dragoons, said he was "extremely proud" of his former colleague and friend.

He added: "It's been a privilege to join Paul on this final leg."

Paul's run around Britain has raised money for the Head Up Charity, an organisation helping military veterans with mental health and wellbeing. 

Earlier this week, Paul, who is originally from East London, was announced a regional Pride of Britain award winner. 

The former soldier said he is now looking forward to future challenges and vowed to continue raising vital funds for the important work of the Head Up Charity.

Watch: Afghan veteran runs 5,00 miles around UK coastline for charity.