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Mud, Sweat and Cheers!

March 10, 2011

Rain, mud, 4 time zones and the small issue of a 3500 mile gap did not deter members of the Close Support Logistics Regiment (CSLR) in Afghanistan conducting a 24-hour ‘runathon’, along with their partners and wives in Colchester.

The CO leads from the front at the start of the 'runathon'. Picture, Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

A total of 64 soldiers from the Regiment HQ, Light Aid Detachment REME, Comms Troop, Training Wing and 15 & 63 Sqn each ran for an hour around their operational base at Camp Bastion whilst, at the same time, a number of wives, partners and a few friends ran around their home base in Colchester.

In support of the Army Benevolent Fund, men and women braved the cold, muddy terrain of Afghanistan and the rain-swept park of Abbey Fields near Merville Barracks to raise in excess of $1450. Some of these troops ran 3 legs of this event at all times of day and night.

The first of the hourly handovers. Photo, Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Coyright 2011.

CSLR is in Afghanistan as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade on Op HERRICK 13; 371 soldiers are deployed, delivering logistic Close Support to Task Force Helmand in order to sustain logistic freedom of manoeuvre to protect the Afghan people.

The last of these brave and very dirty runners, including the Commanding Officer, crossed the line in the CSLR compound 24 hours later and were met by friends and colleagues cheering them home.

Commanding Officer of CSLR, Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Ewart-Brookes said:

“We were over 3000 miles apart but somehow running simultaneously in Afghanistan and Colchester during the Regiment’s 24-hour ‘runathon’ has brought my soldiers closer to their families than at any other point in the tour.” He went on to say, “I am deeply proud of both my soldiers’ and Regiment’s families for their efforts to raise money for this fantastic charity.”

24 hours later, the final group head for the finish line. Picture, Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

CSLR Training Sergeant Major Jonathan ‘Nobby’ Clarke said:

Our ability to organise and support events for the benefit of good causes is well documented but it never ceases to amaze me how motivated and committed our soldiers are. Despite the extremely poor conditions at Camp Bastion during the 24-hour runathon, the amount of cash raised was simply astounding; which of course is also attributable to the huge generosity of those individuals we ‘approached’ during this event.”

The Close Support Logistics Regiment 'runathon' runners. Photo, Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011 06:29

    Hope always foreign forces in Afghanistan be happy and store pleasure memories in their minds, Most of Afghan Youths proud of you and if one day we get enough capacity and knowledge we will also interest to participate in their countries development ( Wish it doesn’t remain a hope)

    Heartily Esteems

  2. Heather permalink
    March 11, 2011 20:59

    Am so amazed at you guys for doing this, with everything else that is going on over there you still have time to raise money for those less fortunate.

    Also well done to all the partners/families back in the UK, who also gave up time to run – it was a fun event.

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