Bulford Gurkha squadron raise hundreds for Stars Appeal on relay Kiwi run

Bulford Gurkha squadron raise hundreds for Stars Appeal on relay Kiwi run

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:55pm 27th July 2020.

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A team of 16 soldiers have spent two days solid running laps from their parade square, up the Bulford Hill to the chalk Kiwi and back again.

The troops from 249 Gurkha Signal Squadron wanted to set themselves a huge challenge as a way of marking a year since they were formed by Princess Anne.

Covid-19 restrictions has meant they can't have a 'normal' celebration so they came up with the 249 mile run instead.

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron 249 mile run July 2020
The troops kept smiling throughout their run over 48 hours on the 'pain train'

The troops went out in pairs or small groups to allow for social distancing for their 5 kilometres laps, as a relay, starting at 8.00am on Wednesday morning (22nd July). 

They kept going through the heat of the sun and the dark of the night to eventually complete the distance on Friday morning (24th July).

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron 249 mile run July 2020
The team carried on running through the dead of night

Clinical Psychologist at SDH, and Stars Appeal ambassador, Kate Jenkins saw them over the line:

The squadron chose to support the Stars Appeal to give back to the local community that's welcomed the Nepalese soldiers and their families to Salisbury Plain.

They've raised over to £3,200 so far, with their JustGiving page still open for donations. 

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron 249 mile run July 2020
Each lap started and finished at the parade square in Bulford Barracks

The run has also been a way of raising awareness of the growing Gurkha presence in Wiltshire and cementing their place in the local community.

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