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Local Soldier’s incredible 24-hour challenge

This summer one extraordinary soldier will run / speed march for 24 hours non-stop to raise money for charity.

Platoon Sgt Spencer John Davies (Taff) is based at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. He has recently returned from a seven-month tour in Afghanistan where the idea of the 24-hour challenge came to him.

Starting at the Tewit Well on the famous Stray in Harrogate, Taff will run / speed march a 3.2k circuit continuously wearing full army attire and carrying 15kg. The challenge will commence at 2pm on Friday 22nd June and finish at 2pm on Saturday 23rd June.

Platoon Sgt Spencer John Davies (Taff) in Afghanistan in 2011


Taff is expected to run over 120 miles – the equivalent of around five marathons during the challenge.

Taff said:

I’m doing the 24-hour challenge to raise money for four charities very close to my heart – Help for Heroes, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and NSPCC.

I want to encourage as many people as possible to come along to show their support and if they feel like it run with me for a circuit or two. It’s so important that the event creates attention so we can raise as much money as possible for charity.

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