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A keen runner from Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, is taking on the London Marathon to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity this October.

Karl Rushen, 49, will be running 26.2 miles around the Capital this October to raise funds for the charity.

The Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 3rd October 2021, beginning near Blackheath in Greenwich and finishing at Buckingham Palace.

Karl, who is Head of CAD/BIM at COWI UK, has decided to raise money for SSAFA as a tribute to his late brother, Lloydy.

Lloydy (Corporal Lloyd Newell) was killed on active service in Afghanistan on 16 June 2011, leaving a wife and nine-week-old daughter.

In his 13-year career, Lloydy served with the Royal Signals (Airborne), the Royal Engineers (EOD) and the Parachute Regiment and was less than a month into his third operational tour of Afghanistan before being killed by small arms fire.

Karl, who is taking part in various events this year to mark the 10th anniversary of Lloydy’s death, said:

“Lloydy had an extraordinary military career, accumulating four cap badges during his Army service. He loved his work and the military lifestyle and was selfless, humble, cheerful and utterly reliable. I am very proud to be running in support of SSAFA as a tribute to him and to celebrate the life he led.

“I’m on a quest to complete all the World Marathon Majors, having completed Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston and Tokyo. I’m running four marathons this year, taking on my sixth Milton Keynes, my fifth London and my third Manchester Marathon.

“Then in November I’ll be completing my World Marathon Majors Six Star Journey in New York, all being well.”

Karl is already over half way towards his target of raising £3,000 for SSAFA. If you would like to support him and read more about his fundraising activities, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/karl-rushen-ssafa-lon21.

“This year I’ve renewed focus to push even harder, as well as some fantastic challenges through my Black Sheep Project. The Black Sheep events we put on will always be free, the aim being to raise as much as we can. This year all funds raised will go to SSAFA.”

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. In 2020, its teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 79,000 people in need, from WW2 veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families.

To find out more about SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, visit ssafa.org.uk.