Paras Marching For The Legion Officially Open Marathon Registration
A group of 20 soldiers who are raising money for The Royal British Legion by taking part in the Flora London Marathon today officially opened the event's exhibition at the Excel Centre.
The soldiers who are part of a Parachute Regiment based in Colchester were the first to march into the exhibition centre through a tape to collect their registration, which will allow them to participate this Sunday alongside thousands of others in London's famous 26.2 mile challenge. The group will march rather than run the marathon in full uniform, including a military rucksack and are hoping to set a world record by marching the length of the course in around 5 hours.
Between them they are hoping that they will achieve their goal of raising an incredible £15,000 for the Legion, which will make a real difference to its Poppy Support welfare services which assist the serving and ex-Service community.
Major Mike Shervington, Company Commander of the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment who will be leading his team in the marching on Sunday, said: "It was a great honour for my officers and soldiers to be asked to open the exhibition of the Flora London Marathon and we are delighted to be doing this on behalf of The Royal British Legion. We are raising money for injured soldiers and their families, a cause that is very important to us. It is comforting to know that should we ever need it, the Legion would be there for us."
If you wish to sponsor Major Mike Shervington's team to break the world record in marching the Flora London Marathon, he can be contacted on 07971 806936.