A group of soldiers joined thousands of runners on the streets of New York for a marathon challenge in aid of a foodbank.
The six men, based at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore, ran the 26.2 miles of the New York Marathon to raise funds for the Rutland Foodbank project.
Capt Nick Hegarty, Major Den Howard, Staff Sgt Matt Cowlard, Staff Sgt Gavin Bloomfield, Sgt Taff Hussain and Sgt Major Shane Smith also supported the Army Widows Association and the Army Benevolent Fund.
The route took in all the major landmarks in New York, from the start on Staten Island to the finish in Central Park.
Maj Smith said: “The atmosphere was brilliant from the start through to the finish with thousands of spectators lining the route and encouraging all runners.”
He added: “All of us managed to complete the run in under five hours. We were all very pleased.”
Spirits were high to begin with but the team members were boosted even further by the thrill of running through New York.
Maj Smith said: “A canon went off when we started, and then they played New York, New York.
“We ran across the Hudson River, into Brooklyn, through Queens and the Bronx before finishing in Central Park.”
The team raised more than £4,000 through generous sponsorship, which will be split between the three charities.
The money will help the foodbank rent storage space once the current agreement with Oakham Baptist Church comes to an end.
If you have a space suitable for storing the foodbank’s stock, call Suzanne Johnson on 01572 720502.