Soldiers’ 300-mile relay run for charity

Soldiers from the 15 Field Squadron at Claro Barracks on MOnday ready to depart on their 300-mile relay challenge in aid of the British Limbless Ex Serviceman's Association (S)
Soldiers from the 15 Field Squadron at Claro Barracks on MOnday ready to depart on their 300-mile relay challenge in aid of the British Limbless Ex Serviceman's Association (S)

SOLDIERS based at Ripon’s Claro Barracks have taken part in a relay run covering 300 miles of English roads to raise money for charity.

Members of the 15 Field Squadron (Search) Royal Engineers set off from their Ripon base on Monday, March 26, arriving on Wednesday at Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone, Kent – the home of its parent regiment, 36 Engineer Regiment.

The soldiers were raising funds for the British Limbless Ex Serviceman’s Association (BLESMA).

Sqn Sgt Maj Richard Bagshaw said: “This is a charity which has helped members of our unit that were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan by enemy action, such as Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incidents.”

Running thoughout the day and night along the A- and B-roads between Ripon and Maidstone, the soldiers completed the challenge in 48 hours.

So far, the squadron has raised around £3,000 for the charity but further donations can still be made by going to the charity webpages www.bmycharity.com/15sqn300miles or

www.justgiving.com/15Sqn300