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Sgt Naomi Benson ran non-stop round a track for 24 hours (Picture: Combat Stress – Medicine Ball Challenge).
Mental Health

Soldier completes 24-hour run for mental health charities

Sergeant Naomi Benson completed more than 200 laps of a 400m track in one day with a 3kg medicine ball strapped to her wrist.

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Sgt Naomi Benson ran non-stop round a track for 24 hours (Picture: Combat Stress – Medicine Ball Challenge).

A soldier has completed a gruelling 24-hour challenge in a bid to raise awareness of military and civilian mental health.

Sergeant Naomi Benson ran non-stop 204 times round a 400m athletics track with a 3kg medicine ball strapped to her wrist, which organisers said represents the unseen burden of mental health problems.

Her run was part of the nationwide fundraising Medicine Ball Challenge, which is raising money for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and veterans' mental health charity Combat Stress.

Sgt Benson hoped her efforts would also encourage people to talk more openly about mental health issues.

Stationed at Regional Command – the Army's HQ for the UK – she said: "Reflecting back, the 24-hour track challenge was not as difficult as I thought it would be, which is down to the sheer amount of support I received.

"I hope that it encouraged conversation, showed people that they are not alone, and help is out there."