Veterans

Brian Wood: Marathon-a-day Iraq veteran closing in on finish line

The former soldier and author is running at least 26 miles for 25 consecutive days to remember the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan.

An Army veteran awarded the Military Cross for his service in Iraq has reached the final stages of an endurance fundraiser honouring fallen comrades.

Brian Wood MC, the author of 'Double Crossed', is running "a minimum of 26 miles per day for 25 days" to remember British personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Wood has reached his 22nd marathon and is close to hitting a target of £75,000 in donations for the forces charity Walking with the Wounded.

The challenge started on 1 November and is set to finish on Thursday.

Ahead of his 22nd run, the veteran took to Twitter to admit he was "feeling pretty broken and exhausted", but pledged to continue.

Starting from a different military barracks each day, he has invited members of the public to run with him to provide support.

Earlier this year, the veteran was played by Anthony Boyle in the BBC2 drama 'Danny Boy', which focused on his experiences during and after a 2004 battle in Iraq.

Mr Wood was serving in the 1st Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment during the engagement and, years later, had to clear his name following false accusations of war crimes mounted by human rights lawyer Phil Shiner.

The inquiry exonerated Brian Wood and his fellow soldiers, while Mr Shiner was later struck off the roll of solicitors for misconduct.