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RAF pilot runs 448 miles for each soldier killed in Afghanistan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Flt Lt Graeme Hunt 47 Sqn, FLt Lt Tom Mountney 30 Sqn & Flt Lt Rob Platt 24 Sqn, RAF Brize Norton. C130 Hercules aircrew running 1 mile for each fallen service person in Afghanistan from 14th - 30th April 2014 WWW.444run.co.uk POC - Tom Mountney 07973 566

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A RAF pilot is running a mile for each of the 448 soldiers killed in the Afghanistan conflict in a bid to raise funds for five charities.

Flight Lieutenant Rob Platt, formerly of Abbots Bromley, is running the equivalent of 17 marathons in 17 days with colleagues Graeme Hunt and Tom Mountney in the south of the country.

The epic run is raising cash for Help for Heroes, Blesma, RAF Association, Combat Stress and the John Thornton Young Achievers Association.

The 38-year-old decided to do the run for the troops lost in Operation Herrick after returning Afghanistan.

He said: “All of us are C130J Hercules pilots and have carried many casualties in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as completed the first part of the repatriation process.

“It is because of witnessing this first hand that we feel we should give something back to these extraordinary guys. Although we can’t help the troops who have died, we can help the ones who have been injured fighting for the safety of our country.”

More information on sponsoring the team is available at 444run.co.uk, following them on Twitter @444run or Facebook.

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