Father’s ‘marathon’ set to boost Paras’ charity

FATHER RUNS FURTHER: Martin Chester, right, is training to run a 26.2 mile cross-trainer marathon to support the Parachute Regiment Charity, which supports troops like his son, Jason, left, and their families if they are injured or killed.
FATHER RUNS FURTHER: Martin Chester, right, is training to run a 26.2 mile cross-trainer marathon to support the Parachute Regiment Charity, which supports troops like his son, Jason, left, and their families if they are injured or killed.

A GREAT CORNARD man will run a marathon for charity – without ever leaving Sudbury.

Martin Chester is aiming to complete 26.2 miles in under two hours at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Station Road, with the help of a cross trainer on Tuesday.

He is hoping to raise £500 in support of the Parachute Regiment Charity, and was inspired by his son Jason, a serving member of the regiment, and his colleagues’ bravery in Afghanistan.

“Some of the lads came back with horrific injuries and it is so sad to see them cut down in their prime,” said Mr Chester. “I thought it’d be great to raise money for them.”

Mr Chester is using a cross trainer for his attempt as he has a back injury. Despite this, he has been training for six weeks and has managed to complete 21 and a half miles in an hour and a half so far.

“I stopped smoking a couple of years ago and since then I’ve just got fitter,” he said. “So far I’ve raised about £100.”

Jason, who finished a six-month tour of Afghanistan in May this year, said: “We’re all proud soldiers and the lads do their jobs properly but unfortunately injuries are part of it. The charity helps fallen and injured soldiers and their families.

“I’m very proud of dad, he’s really fit for his age,” he said.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/martin-chester.