Lance Sergeant Richard Perkins. Credit Richard Perkins

Army

Soldier’s Lands End To John O’Groats Challenge For Veterans

Raising money to buy a holiday home for veterans to use

Lance Sergeant Richard Perkins. Credit Richard Perkins

A soldier is taking on a running challenge from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for veterans.

Lance Sergeant Richard Perkins is hoping to complete the 874-mile run to raise money to help set up a holiday home for veterans to use.

It took him almost a year to make the decision to take on the enormous challenge. Richard said:

"I've always wanted to help, and thought I just need to do it otherwise I never will." 

Richard will be starting his challenge on June 18, 2021, and hopes to complete it within 10 days, which means running about 100 miles per day.

Having served in the Army for 14 years, Richard has seen what the transition from military to civilian life can be like and hopes to be able to offer support for those that need it.

He plans to buy a holiday home in North Cornwall and set up a foundation to provide ex-service personnel and their families a place to get some respite.

In the winter months, the plan would be to use the holiday let to give homeless veterans a place to stay and provide support with skills like writing CVs. 

Richard on a training run while on leave. Credit Richard Perkins

While on leave, he started his preparation for the challenge with practice runs across the beach, with the help of his coach Carla Molinaro (the current Ladies World Record Holder for the run, having completed it in 12 days, 30 minutes and 14 seconds). 

This is a team effort with 100 runners joining Richard to virtually complete the 874 miles and raise money to go towards buying the holiday home. 

Richard's challenge can be followed on social media @therunningguardsman  and his fundraising page can be found here