Cyprus

Soldiers Take On Gruelling Sporting Challenge For Charity

The troops are nearing the end of their six-month peacekeeping tour in Cyprus.

Troops from 27 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps have taken on a mammoth sporting challenge in Cyprus for charity.

The Wolfpack Challenge involved two cycling events, followed by a 45-mile run through some of the most unique strips of land anywhere in the world.

The soldiers, who are deployed to the country on the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission, started at their base, the former Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia.

The runners raced through part of the 100-mile buffer zone which has divided the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides of the island for nearly half a century.

Split into teams, the competitors had to take on rising temperatures and rough terrain on their southward journey from Nicosia to the British Sovereign Base at Dhekelia.

45 runners took part, with each team covering a distance of around 15 miles. 

Runners are escorted by a UN vehicle will taking part in the challenge.

The event raised nearly £2,500 for ABF - The Soldier's Charity which supports personnel, veterans and their families.

27 Regiment's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Darren Fisher, described it as a "really great cause".

The earlier cycling event saw soldiers pedal from Episkopi Station to Troodos and back to Nicosia.

Personnel from 27 Regiment start their move back to Aldershot later in March.

For many, this was their first operational tour and a chance to earn a UN medal.