Afghanistan marathon runner raises thousands for charity

Ashley Pawson, Marine, and running partner, Dan O'Sullivan, Marine. (Photo supplied)
Ashley Pawson, Marine, and running partner, Dan O'Sullivan, Marine. (Photo supplied)
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A DEDICATED man who originally hails from Spilsby ran a marathon in Afghanistan recently to help raise money for charity.

Ashley Pawson who is a Marine based over at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan took part in the event with 12 other men.

Both Royal Marine Commandos and Army Commandos took part in the 26.2 mile event, which was situated within Camp Bastion.

Speaking from Afghanistan where he is currently based, Ashley said: “Some of the men were experienced runners and some decided to do it for a good cause.

“We were raising money for the Not Forgotten Association which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the wounded servicemen and the ex-service community who may have disabilities or illness.”

The charitable men managed to raise just over £6,000 for the charity with completion times which ranged from three hours 30 minutes to four hours 50 minutes.

The event saw them run through the night with an 8.30pm start to help combat the extreme temperatures.

Ashley added: “But even at that time it was still roughly 25 degrees and Afghanistan is at an altitude of 2500 metres, which makes quite a difference.”

l Have you raised money for charity? Email amy.gallivan@jpress.co.uk.