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Army veteran finishes 635-mile challenge – 25 marathons in 25 days

Brian Wood wanted to highlight those who gave their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and has raised more than £130,000 so far.

Army veteran Brian Wood MC has finished his 25th marathon in 25 days – completing his epic 635-mile Ultimate Sacrifice Challenge.

The former colour sergeant with 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment is raising money for the military charity, Walking with the Wounded (WWTW).

Mr Wood, who was awarded the Military Cross for his service in Iraq, wanted to highlight and honour fallen comrades who gave their lives fighting for the UK in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Each day of his challenge he wore a different T-shirt, bearing the names of the 635 servicemen and women who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than £130,000 has been raised by Mr Wood for the Walking with the Wounded charity, smashing his original £100,000 target.

The challenge started on 1 November and support has flooded in, with donations continuing to rise towards his new target total of £150,000.

Mr Wood said: "I wanted to pay my respects to the 635 people who gave their lives during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

"Running 635 miles over 25 days has not been easy but it is no comparison to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity and support I have received from so many of the public over the past month. Thank you to everyone who has donated, run, walked, cycled and cheered me on from the sidelines."