Catterick Garrison soldier to undertake 24-hour walk for charity

Private Ian Shirley.

A Catterick Garrison soldier is preparing for a 24-hour walk around the town carrying a 15kg backpack.

Private Ian Shirley, who serves with with the Royal Logistic Corps, will start at 6am tomorrow and walk through to 6am on Saturday.

The soldier said: “I am raising money to support the vital support that ABF provide to comrades and families.

“In the 12 years I have served I have seen the support that the ABF provides to soldiers and their families and I’m supporting ABF charity so they can continue their support, as they do an amazing job.”

He added: “I wanted to do something to help support the charity at this challenging time, where most of their normal fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

“The need for the charity’s support hasn’t decreased during Covid-19, so I wanted to play my part in supporting them so that they are then able to support soldiers, veterans and their families in times of genuine need.

“As a serving soldier, I know how important The Soldiers’ Charity is to the Army.”

The challenge is based on the British Army’s annual fitness test which is designed to assess soldiers’ lower and upper body strength and endurance.

The test involves a fast-paced march at 15 minutes per mile (brisk walking pace), in full combat gear including the SA80 personal weapon, across rough terrain and roads.

The exact weight of the equipment carried depends upon the type of unit and it is usually 15kg to 25kg dependent on service or arm, but all will cover a distance of eight miles in less than two hours.

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