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Sgt Steve Bedford and, LCpl Lee Melia.
They will start their 10 Marathons from St Dunstan’s Centre in Sheffield at 9am on Monday 1 November. The route will take them through Nottingham, Loughborough, Nuneaton, Daventry, Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead. They will arrive at St Dunstan’s head office in London at 3pm on Thursday 4 November before heading off to tab to Crawley where they will make the final onslaught to finish at St Dunstan’s Centre at Ovingdean near Brighton at 3pm on Friday 5 November.
Denise Yeats, St Dunstan’s Community & Events Fundraising Manager said: “We recently came across the Finnish term Sisu and it sums Jim and the team up perfectly as in English it translates as: strength of will, determination, perseverance, acting rationally in the face of adversity and having guts. It is also deciding on the course of action and sticking to it.
“We’ve had some great ideas for St Dunstan’s Forces Challenge, which is open to personnel serving with HM Armed Forces, and this is up there with the most inspired. The commitment Jim and the team are making is incredible and they have really helped to raise awareness of our work. We’ll be there to support them every step of the way – in spirit if not physically.”
To find out more, or make a donation to Jim and the team: www.justgiving.co.uk/10squaddies To find out more about St Dunstan’s visit: www.st-dunstans.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS For further information, or to speak to SSgt Jim Offord or Denise Yeats, please contact: Catherine Goodier, St Dunstan’s press office on T: 020 7616 8367 M: 07872 840117 (day & eve) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Dunstan’s Rehabilitation & Training Centre in Sheffield is at: 276 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3BN
St Dunstan’s Rehabilitation & Training Centre near Brighton is at: Greenways, Ovingdean, Brighton, East
Sussex BN2 7BS
St Dunstan’s Forces Challenge is open to personnel serving with HM Armed Forces. One of the
requirements is to complete a nocturnal or blindfold challenge to give a taste of what life is like for people who have lost their sight, whilst raising awareness and vital funds for the charity’s work.
Not content with 10 Marathons in 5 Days from 6.30am on 21 September at Club Kingswood in Basildon
Jim will attempt to break the World Record for the Fastest 100km on a Treadmill carrying 40lbs. The current world record stands at 15 hours and 26 minutes.
He will also complete a series of treadmill marathons wearing his 40lb Bergen to complement his training.
On 9 October in Brighton Jim will aim to finish his latest treadmill marathon in less than 5 hours.
Afterwards Jim will visit St Dunstan’s Centre to meet the blind veterans the charity works with.
While most people would take a few days to recover, or at least have a lie in, the following day Jim will
be up early to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London. He will complete the course with his wife Ami who will wear a 10lb Bergen and team member Lance Corporal (LCpl) Richard Holmes who will