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The nine by nine challenge

April 3, 2011

‘Now if the prospect of doing one marathon sounds a bit daunting, how about running nine in a row at the end of a gruelling tour of duty in Helmand.

“Nine By Nine” is the name of the challenge soldiers of Nine Para Squadron, Royal Engineers, has set themselves. They will be running twenty-six-point-two miles back-to-back every day until April the ninth. That’s a total of nearly two hundred and fifty four miles.

Those taking part in the first leg included a soldier still carrying shrapnel from a Taliban grenade attack less than a week before. Along with fellow members of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, the sappers are doing it to raise money for wounded servicemen.

The idea came about after a comrade of theirs, Lance Corporal Josh Boggi, lost both legs and part of an arm to an IED blast on New Year’s Eve.’

Click on the image below to view the ‘9’ in action on the British Forces Network/BFBS website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2011 22:51

    3 down only 6 to go, april 9th will soon be here!…Outstanding effort so far! I would like to wish all the 9in9 lads the very best for the next few days of marathon running, what they are attempting to do is admirable! It’s a great cause got to be worth a quid or two surely! The lads have collected a lot for charity, let’s push that total up even further! Running around Camp Bastion starting at 3am can’t be easy every day. The road of the long distance runner is a lonely one, lets give the lads some encouragement on their journey!

  2. I_love_Afghanistan permalink
    April 4, 2011 02:18

    Awesome stuff! Good on you, guys!

  3. Susan Riddell permalink
    April 4, 2011 08:35

    I would like to say that our troops are brill and very fit to run a marathon every day for so many days to raise money for charity, good on you Guys, this puts us back home to shame,
    I would like to say to Troop Lance Corporal Josh Boggi have a speedy recovery, my heart and thoughts are with you, and all the injuried troops xxxx

  4. Joy permalink
    April 4, 2011 11:36

    This goes just goes to show there admiration for there fellow soldiers how unselfish of them, when
    they could be taking a well earned rest..My heart goes out to you..God Bless all our soldiers..
    You certainly have got into my heart..adopt a squaddie anyone wanting to help a soldier,by sending boxes out to them.Go on face book look for ” adopt a british squaddie ” Lots of friendly people on there..


    JOY X

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