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Four marathons in four days for recently returned Welsh Warriors 30 November 2010

Welsh troops complete charity 'run home' to South Wales

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Twenty five soldiers from 2nd Battallion The Royal Welsh (2 R WELSH) have returned to their Tidworth barracks in Wiltshire and then 'run home' to South Wales, completing four marathons in four days and raising money for charity.

Soldiers from 2 R WELSH come to the end of their four marathons in four days at Ty Hafan Childrens Hospice, Penarth, South Wales.The team of runners has just returned from Helmand having organised and run what is known as the RSOI package or Reception, Staging, Onward-movement & Integration package - the final training for all troops before they go out on the ground .

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Didi Wheeler led the team from their base at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth to Sully in South Wales with the aim of raising £20,000 for Ty Hafan – a children’s Hospice in Sully.

The team made time to train in the heat and dust of Helmand and shortly after their return donned their shirts, shorts and trainers for the 100-mile Run Home to Wales slog, which they completed on Thursday, November 25.

Lt Col Wheeler said: “We had a great send-off from the Battalion on Monday (November 22) before running along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Bradford-upon-Avon. It was wet and a bit gloomy.

“The weather has also got gradually colder on the way into Wales but coming across the Old Severn Bridge was an emotional moment, on a wonderful, sunny morning.

“The support we’ve had along the way has been fantastic, with cars beeping their horns as they passed.”

The 2nd Battalion has had soldiers deployed in Afghanistan almost continuously for the past 18 months and currently B Rorke’s Drift Company are supporting 16 Air Assault Brigade and they are due to return to UK early next year.

The other team members were: Major Paul “Mac” McCarthy, Major Ed Willcox, Lieutenant Will Hodgson, WO1 (RSM) Craig Stockdale and Corporal Dai Owen.

“The people of Wales have been so generous in supporting our Welsh Warriors during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and have given us a superb reception in Wales on every homecoming parade,” said Lt Col Wheeler.

“I hope that in some small way the Run Home charity fundraising event for Ty Hafan will allow us to do our part to support our home community and for a cause that is just so special.”

If you would wish to support the team of Welsh Warriors by donating or find out more about how their challenge went, visit their website www.runhome.org.uk.