Former soldier in ‘ultimate’ charity run

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A former paratrooper who fought in the Falkland Islands is returning to his Army days to raise money for charity.

Despite leaving the squadron several years ago, 52-year-old Robert Taylor is planning to run the Para 10 later this year – described by its organisers as the “ultimate” in 10 mile races.

Mr Taylor, of Wall Street, Blackpool, will have to run the race carrying a 35lb back pack as he raises money for Support Our Paras and the Army Benevolent Fund.

Paratroopers are military parachutists – soldiers, marines, and others trained in parachuting into an operation and usually work as part of an airborne force.

Mr Taylor, who fought in the Battle of Mount Longdon in the Falklands in June 1982 said he was taking part to help soldiers affected by war.

He added: “A lot of youngsters come back from fighting with post traumatic stress disorder.

“We are all brothers in arms. People at the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) do as much as they can and provide helpers.

“When you have had 20-odd years service it can be what you have seen which affects you.”

If you wish to support Mr Taylor in September’s race at Vimby Barracks in Catterick, North Yorkshire, you can donate direct online to Support Our Paras and the Army Benevolent Fund.