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