No more duck and cover for Army man, it’s just running

Barry Ashby
Barry Ashby
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Running 26 miles in the London Marathon is not such a daunting task when you’re used to bomb disposal in war torn Iraq.

Barry Ashby, 29, of Aylesbury, quit the forces a year ago after 12 years service and is now preparing to don his running gear in aid of the Royal British Legion.

He said: “I came out last year but I have seen what the Royal British Legion have done for my friends and everybody in the Army.

“I loved everything to do with the Army. I worked in bomb disposal looking for improvised explosive devices.

“I volunteered for it but being out there with a young child changed my view on it. I do miss it occasionally but I’m happy to be out.”

Mr Ashby, who now works at car repair outlet Baldwins in Gatehouse Industrial Estate, added: “I’m trying to get back into shape a bit after relaxing for a year.

“I put my name forward about eight months ago but I only found out I was in three months ago.

“I got confirmation and then thought ‘oh no I have got to start doing something now’.

“I just want to complete the race. It’s more the fundraising part I’m concerned with.”

The ex-forces man has done numerous tours and said the charity offers excellent support to both former and serving soldiers.

Mr Ashby is targeting raising beteen £3,000 and 4,000 and has raised £1,300 so far.

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/barryashby