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Veterans And Serving Personnel To Run Virtual London Marathon For Charity

The virtual London Marathon is taking place on Sunday, 4 October.

Dozens of veterans and serving personnel are in the final stages of training for the virtual London Marathon.

On Sunday, they will be running the entirety of the marathon (26.2 miles) remotely, raising funding for military charities.

Veteran David Wiseman is one of the people who will take part on 4 October, running a one-mile loop of his Yorkshire village 26 times to raise money for the Invictus Games Foundation.

Sergeant John Dixon and Lance Sergeant Bobby Robson, from the Coldstream Guards, are also running the marathon.

They will join from London, where they are based.

"2020 has been a strange year, hasn't it? But I think it's just so important that everybody does something to stay on top of their physical and mental fitness," Mr Wiseman, who served with the Yorkshire Regiment, told Forces News.

"Just staying on top of that has been a great focus."

Sergeant Dixon and Lance Sergeant Robson are raising money for Veterans in Crisis, which helps homeless veterans and those struggling with PTSD.

Sergeant John Dixon and Lance Sergeant Bobby Robson to run london marathon virtually 021020 CREDIT courtesy Sergeant John Dixon and Lance Sergeant Bobby Robson.jpg
Sergeant John Dixon and Lance Sergeant Bobby Robson will run the virtual London Marathon for charity (Picture: courtesy of Sgt John Dixon and L/Sgt Bobby Robson).

Lance Sergeant Robson said: "With us both serving in the Army, we're seeing first-hand how mental health can affect soldiers and, obviously, people leaving the Army who are struggling.

"This charity, not only does it help the veterans, it also helps the family if they're struggling."

Together, they are also running 10 miles on a daily basis throughout the month of October as well as performing their guard duties at St James's Palace.

The London Marathon is taking place virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the challenges on the day is expected to be the lack of support from the cheering crowds, but organisers say the camaraderie and spirit of the marathon continues for the runners and for those they are helping.

Cover image: A library picture of runners at a previous London Marathon.