Running Into Danger: Army Veteran's Charity Challenge

The former soldier is taking on running competitions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Former soldier Jordan Wylie is taking on the terrain of three of the most dangerous countries in the world, to raise money for children affected by war.

Jordan is taking on the challenge of running a 10k race in Somalia, a half marathon in Iraq, then finishing with a full marathon across the Afghan desert.

The veteran served tours in each of the three countries he will be running through, and says he has seen first-hand the impact violence and conflict has on vulnerable children.

"There are 250 million children worldwide affected by war every day, through no choice of their own.

He added: "They grow up, live in war zones, have no access to clean water, no access to education.

"Every day is fearful for them."

Jordan will be joined by friend and former colleague, Rick Webb, who now works as a personal trainer.

Rick served with Jordan in Iraq in 2007, and suffered serious injuries five years later in Afghanistan.

Jordan Wylie and Dame Kelly Holmes
Former soldier Jordan Wylie and fellow veteran Dame Kelly Holmes. Image courtesy: Jordan Wylie

Having heard Jordan's story several elite athletes have come forward to offer their advice and tips to help Jordan on his journey.

With just under three weeks to go, athlete Christopher Thompson has donned his trainers and joined him on the running track to offer advice and tips that could help him on his journey.

Double Olympic champion and fellow veteran Dame Kelly Holmes has also got involved with the project, lending a hand when possible. 

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