Salisbury man running with 2 stone barrel on his back

Andreas Beirne Big Barrel Run

Published by Ellie Harries at 5:54am 11th December 2018. (Updated at 4:11pm 3rd May 2019)

Andreas Beirne is not only running with the extra weight on his back, he's taking on over 10 marathons in a week.

He's set himself an epic challenge to run 456km in a week with the 13 kilogram barrel on his back.

That's just over 10 marathons, 65km a day and hours and hours of running.

He will start his challenge by running 14 miles to the start line of the London Marathon, then running it!

Andreas Beirne Big Barrel Run
Andreas will finish start and finish his run in London

He will then;

  • Run an average of 40 miles/65km a day
  • He'll run from the Houses of Parliament to Salisbury
  • He'll then run back to West London
  • Andreas will finish on the 4th May at the annual Army and Navy rugby match at Twickenham in front of 80,000 people

Andreas has started his training, which he say's he's found tough at time.


456 represents the number of service men and women who lost their lives in Operation Herrick in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.

Andreas was in the British Army for 7 years and went to Afghanistan at 19 years old, whilst also completing a tour in the Falkland Islands.

He was formerly a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Logistics Corps and was attached to the Queens Gurkha Logistics.

He say's he's one of the lucky ones who was able to leave the war behind, unlike some of his comrades.


Andreas hopes to raise £20,000 pounds for the mental health charity, Combat Stress.

They've helped service men and women who served in the Armes Forces, deal with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

They're the UKs leading charity for veterans' mental health, providing help every step of the way when it comes to mental health.

Andreas said;

"Their work is much needed as approximately 1 in 25 veterans suffers from PTSD which can be debilitating for them and their families."

"I am under no illusion of the enormity of the challenge that I have set myself both in terms of completing 465km and reaching my target of raising £20,000.

"Over the next few months 'Big Baz' and I will be regular fixtures around Salisbury and I would love people across the city to get behind us and beep or wave if they see me out training."


Andreas would appreciate any penny or pound donated to his fundraising page here.

If any businesses are interested in sponsoring Andreas you can contact him by emailing

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