The nine by nine challenge
‘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.