Five Army Commandos are taking on the Plymouth Half Marathon (Sunday 19th April), to highlight the cost of running Cornish charity, Cornwall Hospice Care. They’ll be carrying weights to represent the operating costs of the two adult hospices in the county. 

Bombardier Tudor Rees, along with his four colleagues who’re based at Plymouth’s Royal Citadel, will be enduring the 13.1mile circular race, having distributed 84 kilograms across their backs to represent the £8.4 million it costs to run Cornwall Hospice Care each year. They’ll also be dressed in British Army combat uniform, which could prove hot if the weather is kind.

Army Commandos are known for being extremely fit, but this doesn’t necessarily mean their mission will be an easy one. Running on roads and amongst thousands of competitors isn’t a simple task, but Bombardier Rees says they’re looking forward to it; 

“This will be a great physical challenge for us, but we know it will also be massively rewarding because we’re taking part in support of Cornwall Hospice Care and their two hospices at Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle.  All we ask is that people cheer us along the way. You certainly won’t be able to miss us!”

You can follow the Commando’s progress on the day on social media via #TeamCHC2015 and #HospiceStories. Members of the Cornwall Hospice Care team will also be in Plymouth on race day, including Jess Watts;

“We’re very grateful to the Commandos for taking on this challenge for us and wish them the very best of luck, even though I know they’ll make the half marathon look easy!  We have to raise millions every year to provide the specialist and compassionate care to patients and their families, and it’s thanks to folk like these Commandos that we can keep doing what we do best, in Cornwall and for Cornwall.  I hope they will inspire people to support us and if you do want to donate to the cause as the Commandos pass by, please text SCHC15 stating how much you wish to give, to 70070.”

The picture below is of Bombardier Tudor Rees from Plymouth in his British Army combat uniform. He’ll be one of the five man team taking on the Plymouth Half Marathon in support of Cornwall Hospice Care.