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Bovington troops in training for gruelling gym challenge
2:00pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
TROOPS from Bovington Camp are poised to attempt a gruelling week-long, 4,500-mile triathlon to raise vital funds for leukaemia patients.
Sgt Richard Meharg and Sgt Carl Green will take the lead in the gym challenge, which will be conducted over five days in aid of the Anthony Nolan charity.
Thirty volunteers, mostly soldiers from Bovington Camp, have agreed to take part by either cycling, running or rowing 30 miles a day.
The imposing target is the equivalent distance from Bovington to Camp Bastion in war-torn Afghanistan.
Street collections have already been carried out by volunteers in Dorchester and Bournemouth town centres.
Sgt Meharg, whose mother-in-law is recovering from acute myeloid leukaemia, said: “With such a large number of troops within the 16-30 catchment age for Anthony Nolan, I have been doing a lot of recruiting drives at my barracks and have registered over 500 people since June.
The troops’ challenge starts on Monday, January 7.