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Former Soldier To Run Marathon Across Afghan Desert

Jordan Wylie is gearing up to raise money for children affected by war.

A former soldier, who has pledged to run in three of the world's most dangerous countries, is preparing to take on a marathon across the Afghan desert.

Jordan Wylie has already run a 10k race in Somalia and a half marathon in Iraq to raise money for children affected by war.

The ex-member of the King’s Royal Hussars spent 10 years in the Cavalry Regiment and completed two tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2007.

In 2018 he decided to visit the country again, but this time as a fundraising runner.

Jordan said he wants to "keep the memory alive" of friends and colleagues he lost during his deployments.

"It's quite emotional to go back to a country where 13 years earlier and 10 years earlier I'd served there as a soldier."

Former soldier Jordan Wylie completed two tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2007.

Jordan says he feels comfortable in conflict zones as he has spent most of his life in them. After leaving the military, he took on a job which involved working in Somalia and Afghanistan.

He says he has seen first-hand the impact that war has on children and decided to take on running challenges to raise money to help pay for an education for them.

In February, he completed a 10k run in Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia which has been involved in a 10-year territorial dispute with neighbouring Puntland. 

Jordan believes an education can change a life and says the two degrees he has taught him to take it seriously - a message he is keen to share.

"I left school with no qualifications but then through the military I went on to do my bachelors and masters and its opened so many new doors for me having the education behind me."

Jordan Wylie wants to raise money to help educate children in conflict zones.

There was a strong chance that Jordan would be unable to fulfil his running ambition, as he was diagnosed with epilepsy last year.

However, he said his military training has helped him overcome that hurdle.

"It's just about managing risk. That's what we do as soldiers. That's what we've done all our career."

Jordan Wylie aims to complete his marathon in Afghanistan by October.