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Dozens Of Military Personnel And Veterans Run Virtual London Marathon

The marathon went virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dozens of Armed Forces personnel and veterans have been running in the virtual London Marathon.

Many of them were raising funds for military charities while taking part in the virtual version of the race.

The annual event was due to take place on 26 April, but it was pushed back to 4 October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As many as 45,000 people across the UK ran or walked the marathon along their own 26.2-mile route, with dozens of them from the military community.

David Wiseman, who served with the Yorkshire Regiment, was running to raise funds for the Invictus Games Foundation.

On Friday, he told Forces News he thinks it is important "that everybody does something to stay on top of their physical and mental fitness" in what he called a "strange" year.

Veteran and Invictus Games medallist Sally Orange also supported the charity by taking part in the virtual run - running on a treadmill in the London Eye. 

A further 56 runners across the world were also expected to take to the streets as part of the virtual London Marathon to support the charity.

A number of current and former service personnel have also been running to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

Curtis Bowen, who is currently serving with the Royal Navy in the Falkland Islands, took part in the virtual race from the southern hemisphere while his father and brother joined him 12,000km away in Wales.

"I'm the first person to run the London Marathon in the Falklands Islands," he told Forces News ahead of the race.

Sergeant John Dixon and Lance Sergeant Bobby Robson, from the Coldstream Guards, were also competing, raising money for Veterans in Crisis which helps homeless veterans and those struggling with PTSD.

Lance Sergeant Robson told Forces News earlier this week: "With us both serving in the Army, we're seeing first-hand how mental health can affect soldiers and, obviously, people leaving the Army who are struggling.

"This charity, not only does it help the veterans, it also helps the families if they're struggling."

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