Fifty members of The Queen’s Company 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards joined runners at the Basingstoke Half Marathon on Sunday but as they are away on duty, they ran their 13.1 miles in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The battalion, based in Aldershot, are keen to support local races, even when they are out the country, so they decided to run in parallel to the race, setting out at the same time as the runners on the start-line in Basingstoke.
Sgt. Ben Hayden of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards said:
“We are pleased to support local races and raise some money for charity, it’s also a great way to focus our training. We are stationed at high altitude so ready to tackle the legendary hills of the Basingstoke Half!”
Felicity Edwards, race director from Destination Basingstoke said:
“It’s fantastic to have the Grenadier Guards running with us and supporting the race even when they can’t be with us in person. The only thing is we won’t be able to present them with their medals, so will have to post them. We hope this the start of a great partnership and will inspire others to join the race next year.”