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Update: Afghan marathon man completes race in Helmand heat

April 17, 2011

As reported in the story earlier today, Major Al Jarvis successfully completed 38 laps of the Task Force Helmand (TFH) HQ at Lashkar Gah in full combat body armour and in doing so completed his own full marathon. In temperatures above 30 degrees, Major Al, who broke his back in a parachute accident only 2 years previously, completed the 26.2 miles in 6 hours 25 minutes.

Maj Al Jarvis crosses the finish line after completing a marathon in Lashkar Gah, Helmand.

Maj Al Jarvis is congratulated by Commander of Task Force Helmand, Brigadier Ed Davis

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2011 18:00

    Huge congratulations to Maj Jarvis, that was an outstanding effort in what must have been very challenging conditions! Very well done!

  2. Joy permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:10

    Well done Major Al Jarvis, you are simply amazing..Is there nothing you cant do..Well Done..

  3. Fred permalink
    April 17, 2011 18:11

    Well done, great stuff! Many congratulations.

  4. April 17, 2011 21:17

    Well done to you Major.
    You have inspired me to have a go at the 2012 marathon. Just given up smoking…

  5. Stephen Street permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:35

    Very well done, must have been extremely difficult in those conditions.

  6. MICHELLE SWEENEY permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:36

    well done, what achievement after breaking his back, he should be proud of himself. we’re proud of all our soldiers and the efforts they go to so that we can live a safer life, putting themselves on the line every day, it just shows how strong they are mentally and physically when you have someone like this achieving in this way. x

  7. Andy Cattanach permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:40

    well done I am Training for an Iron Man and one of the hardiest things is running in the heat Well done sir!

  8. JANET LOWRIE permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:42

    A massive congratulations to you. We are so very proud of you and i hope you are proud of yourself. A new trend started. How many of our heroes will be doing this next year in the sandpit. Well do to you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Deborah permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:48

    Well done i think that’s brilliant, Congratulations.

  10. April 18, 2011 15:08

    Good on you Al, inspirational stuff!

  11. Rachel permalink
    April 18, 2011 16:21

    Well done Major Jarvis any marathon is a challenge but to complete it in the conditions you did in full combat gear is amazing congratulations

  12. Andrena Hartry permalink
    April 18, 2011 19:10

    brilliant well done that was a great thing to achieve xx

  13. dave walters permalink
    April 18, 2011 19:24


  14. April 18, 2011 23:25

    Top man and truely inspirational. Well done Major Al Jarvis.

  15. April 19, 2011 03:41

    This was such an amazing story to read about. I’m currently in training for a marathon at the minute and Major Javis’ story is so inspirational. I was just blown away reading about what had happened in the not so decent past, to then come to finish his own marathon in such extreme conditions. A great example of the human spirit & great determination.

    I take my hat of to you Major. Very well done indeed!

  16. Chris Wright permalink
    April 27, 2011 20:36

    Well done Al, I served weith him at 9 Para, Aldershot “The Sqn” respect to you for what you have achieved.

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