Mud, Sweat and Cheers!
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.
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.
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.”
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.”