A tree surgeon from Northall is taking on a five-marathon challenge for the second time in aid of a charity for veterans of the Armed Forces.
Lee Norman, 42, who moved to Leighton Buzzard 10 years ago and runs his own business in the area, will take part in the Forces March to raise money for the Veterans Charity.
He signed up for the event two years ago but did not finish due to injury, and has built his fitness back up while raising nearly £600.
The March involves five full marathons of at least 26 miles across five days, beginning in Ilfracombe, Devon on Wednesday, May 21, and ending in Bulford, Wiltshire.
He said: “I started running about five years ago just to get myself off the sofa.
“My brother was running the March and asked me if I wanted to enter.
“I chucked myself in at the deep end but didn’t finish because I got injured.
“I had stopped until last July when I decided to enter again and start from scratch. I’m now up to 22 miles and I ran the Milton Keynes Marathon to stretch the legs!”
Despite the setback last time out, Lee is looking forward to the camaraderie of the March and the opportunity to support a cause that remains important to his family.
He added: “I’m excited. It’s a bizarre thing to get excited about because I’ll probably get injured again but it’s a challenge.
“The servicemen and women that have done their bit should be looked after and do not always get the help they deserve.
“My brother is a veteran of the British Army and the Scots Guards and my younger brother signed up at age 16 and served all the way to 40.
“Luckily they have both come through OK but it’s their affinity with colleagues who are not doing so well that is why the charity is important to us.”
You can support Lee by visiting justgiving.com/leenorman.