A team from the Army are attempting to complete 24 marathons in just 24 hours in a charity challenge in Peterborough.

On Friday December 2 members of 158 Regiment RLC in the city will be at Serpentine Green shopping centre in Hampton starting their big challenge at 3pm.

158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, which has its Headquarters and a Squadron in Peterborough but also has Squadrons in Lincoln, Loughborough, Bedford and Ipswich, will be using gym equipment to complete the fundraiser which will be launched by the Mayor of Peterborough.

Two treadmills and a gym bike, kindly provided by Empire Gym in Market Deeping, will run continuously for a full 24 hours throughout the night. The soldiers on one treadmill will be carrying a 15-kilo back pack similar to what they would carry in combat, and will change over once and hour.

The soldiers on the second treadmill and bike, who will be running and riding in PT kit, will change over every 30 minutes. They aim to reach the distance of 629.25 miles between the three machines, hopefully finishing at 3pm on Saturday December 3.

The Mayor of Peterborough will launch the event at 3pm alongside the Brigade Commander, Brigadier DJ Eastman MBE.

The Regiment hopes their efforts will raise over £2000 for local charities – Peterborough Hope into Action, Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group and the Army Benevolent Fund.

If you’d like to support them there’ll be bucket collections at the centre but you can also donate through their Just Giving page:


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