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Soldier Runs 26 Marathons In 26 Days For Charity

WO2 Si Hannaford is raising money for the NHS and Felix Fund - The Bomb Disposal Charity.

A soldier has completed 26 marathons in 26 days to raise money for charity.

Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Si Hannaford, from the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment, took on the challenge in aid of the NHS and Felix Fund - The Bomb Disposal Charity.

The challenge began in WO2 Hannaford's back garden where he ran the 26.2-mile distance each day on his treadmill. 

On his final leg, he was welcomed across the finish line by his colleagues at MOD Kineton's munitions school in Warwickshire where he works.

Social distancing measures were put in place for the finale, including a robot holding a ribbon at the finish line.

After completing the challenge, he told Forces News: "[I am] elated, tired, excited, overwhelmed that everyone has come here to clap me in really, it’s quite emotional.

“Thank God it’s over, I’m looking forward to a nice rest and being able to play with my children.

"I think my daughter thinks that I work on a treadmill now, I think she thinks that’s my full-time job!"

The challenge began in WO2 Hannaford's back garden.

Throughout the challenge, WO2 Hannaford was supported by his family.

His wife, Michelle Hannaford, said: “So, so proud, so proud, the only steps he has been doing is the marathon steps – literally eat, sleep, marathon, eat, sleep, marathon for 26 days.

"He’s been up at night, he’s been unsettled, his emotions are up, down, all over the place and I was like ‘this is just ridiculous’, but we got behind him like we always do.”

WO2 Hannaford hopes to smash his fundraising target of £2,800 and says he is already looking ahead to future challenges.