Soldiers raise money for mental health charity with 12-hour run

From left, Staff Sergeant Matthew Hanson and Sergeant Tony Waters.

Two Catterick Garrison soldiers aim to run 12 hours non-stop to raise money for charity this weekend.

Staff Sergeant Matthew Hanson, 35, who serves with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, and Sergeant Tony Waters, 32, from the Light Dragoons, will take on the 12-hour Sunset Challenge on Saturday at Catterick Athletic Stadium.

The challenge will raise money for mental health charity MIND.

Although the pair are experiences ultra runners and iron man competitors, they are still expecting the challenge to be tough.

The soldiers will set of at 6am tomorrow and finish at 6pm.

Due to the lockdown, they will have limited supporters but members of their family bubbles will visit to cheer them on.

They will also have a medical team on stand-by.

Matt said: “We are prepared and we’re not strangers to running for this distance but it’s not going to be easy.

“We think it’s really important that we raise some money and awareness for this charity. They have some really good resources and good people out there to help those in need.

“12 hours of running is a long time and will be hard, but it’s nothing compared to the suffering by those going through mental trauma.”

To donate to their appeal click here.