Sunderland ex-paratrooper to take on Great North Run carrying 45lb pack

Former paratrooper Wayne Carr is taking part in this year's Great North Run

Former paratrooper Wayne Carr is taking part in this year's Great North Run

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AN ex-Paratrooper will tackle the Great North Run in a bit to raise vital funds for soldiers.

The iconic half-marathon is a challenge for most, but Wayne Carr will take it up a level by carrying a 45lbs on his back.

The 31-year-old, from Tunstall, served nine years in the Army as a paratrooper and will be running to raise cash for Ssafa Forces Help.

The charity provides essential support to soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families, helping 50,000 people every year.

Wayne, who served in Afghanistan in 2006, said: “I ran the Great North Run two years ago for another charity to raise money for the services.

“I enjoy it as I feel like I’m giving something back and that I’m helping the servicemen who are out there now.”

The bag of equipment, which contains a 24-hour supply of food, water and ammunition in case of attack are what soldiers carry on a daily basis.

He added: “You aren’t allowed any luxuries. The bag is mainly filled with bombs and bullets and food rations.”

During his service, Wayne was the eyes and ears of his team and would locate where the enemy was and inform the battle groups.

He said: “After serving for nine years I know how important this charity is to the soldiers and servicemen.

“I served in Afghanistan for seven months and back then we were just trying to set our footprint down. We didn’t really get any recognition for the job we were doing until it made the news.”

Wayne has managed to raise £470 in online donations for the cause. However, hopes to raise more.

He added: “I’m also raising money for the Durham Parachute Regiment Association and Brothers In Arms.

“I want to do my bit and help raise as much as I can, I can’t put into words the importance of these charities.”

The Bupa Great North Run will take place on Sunday, September 16. If you would like to sponsor Wayne, visit www.justgiving.com/wayne-scott-carr.

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