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Former soldier embarks on marathon challenge

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FUNDRAISING: Rob Tuck

A soldier turned De Montfort University (DMU) student is taking on a marathon challenge to raise money for servicemen and women injured in the line of duty.

Rob Tuck, 26, of Hamilton in Leicester, will be completing six challenges over six months for BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.

Rob, a first year Accounting and Finance student, served in Afghanistan for seven months and saw several incidents where soldiers were injured by IEDs.

He said: “ I have witnessed life-changing events for other people and I know the amazing work that BLESMA do to support them and their families.

 “BLESMA help people deal with life after the incident. They provide counselling and help rehabilitate people who have lost limbs and they also work with families who have lost a loved one.

“I wanted to do something for the charity but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I started with a marathon but then I think I got a bit carried away and did an event a month!”

Rob’s determination to help others is a message that resonates strongly at De Montfort University which places great emphasis on being a public good.

Rob is a keen cyclist who rides about 10 miles a day and runs up to 10 miles a week twice a week. He plans to increase the distances as he gets closer to each event.

The first event is the Anglian Water Duathlon on 18 May; followed by “The Long One” – a 124 mile bike ride in June, the Silverstone Duathlon on 16 July, the BRAT Triathlon on 10 August and the Robin Hood Half Marathon on 28 September. The final event is the Leicester Marathon on 26 October.

Rob is aiming to raise “as much money as possible” and has set up a Just Giving page. If you would like to sponsor him, visit http://www.justgiving.com/rob-tuck3

Posted on Friday 4th April 2014

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