Fundraisers from across Staffordshire came together on Saturday 25 February to take part in the physically demanding Soldier 30:30 challenge to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
Soldier 30:30 saw 11 teams running either 30 miles or 30 kilometres with a gruelling 30lbs on their backs around Denstone College near Uttoxeter. So far, the daring fundraisers have raised over £8,000 with more sponsorship donations expected to pour in over the coming weeks.
The teams were made up of friends, family and work colleagues. Several groups included alumni and students from Denstone College.
The winning team for the 30 mile run was ‘Best Chance’ who completed the route in 10 hours, 56 minutes and 53 seconds. ‘Denstone CCF’ won the 30 kilometre route in 7 hours, 54 minutes and 47 seconds with ‘Old Enough to Know Better’ losing the top spot by just 34 seconds!
The money raised through Soldier 30:30 will help SSAFA continue providing lifelong support to the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, veterans and their families.
SSAFA Fundraising Director, Tegan Jones, says:
“Soldier 30:30 Midlands was definitely a day to remember! This event is one of the most challenging events we have on our roster and we’re incredibly grateful to the 11 teams who took part in the challenge and raised vital funds for SSAFA.
“I’m sure there were some tired feet and aching backs at the finish line, but also a real sense of achievement.
“Thank you to everyone who took part; including the volunteers that made the event run smoothly and to the companies that donated to the goody bags and provided food at the checkpoints for the teams. We hope to see you all next year!”
To donate and support this year’s participants or to register your interest in Soldier 30:30 2018, please visit www.ssafa.org.uk/soldier3030