Army Wives set for epic run

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LIKE many Army wives, Kim Entwistle did not want to sit around waiting for her husband to complete a tour of Afghanistan.

She wanted to spend the months he was away productively, and wanted something to take her mind off the waiting and understandable concern for his safety while he was in the war-ravaged country.

So the 27-year-old, from Cleveleys, joined 13 fellow Army wives from 26 Regiment Royal Artillery, to start training for an epic challenge.

The British women, who are all based in Gutersloh, Germany, decided to start pounding the pavements to raise money for two charities.

They have been training for the 26.2-mile run since November and, on Sunday, will take part in the Bonn Marathon.

The women are raising money for CLIC Sargent, the charity which supports children and young people with cancer and their families, and Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity.

Kim’s husband Lance Cpl Joel Entwistle has been deployed in Helmand Province, working to secure the future of the Afghan people.

She said: “It was one of the other wives, Joanne Kerr, who had the idea.

“She thought it would be good to get together on the social side and also to do something to raise money for a good cause.

“So we started training. We get together three times a week and have built it up from there.

“Many of us hadn’t run before, we started off doing just a mile and a half. We had one of the physical trainers from the Army helping us and giving us advice. It’s been really nice to all get together regularly and run together.

“Some of us have lost weight, we’ve got fitter, we feel better.

“We got together, come rain or shine, and kept on running, even through freezing temperatures in the winter.

“It was really to give me something to do, to pass the time, rather than sitting around waiting for my husband to come back.

“It gave me something to focus on because naturally, you are worried about them being out in Afghanistan, about their safety and all the things that could happen.

“We thought the charities were appropriate, as a few of the women have children, and Combat Stress helps former members of the Forces.

“I felt I wanted to be able to do something positive while my husband was away.

“And it has been great fun and nice to socialise with the other women.”

The women’s husbands are due to finish their tour and they hope they will be there at the finish line to cheer them on.

To sponsor, go to www.justgiving.com/2gether-2six-marathon.