The challenge of a lifetime

Chris Davies
Chris Davies
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THE brother of a St Helens soldier killed in Afghanistan is set to embark on a 100-mile ultra-marathon.

Matt Davies will compete in the gruelling Lakeland 100 with pal Damien Spears this summer.

The pair are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the Army Benevolent Fund - the Soldiers Charity.

Matt, an exercise and lifestyle advisor, said: “I am really proud of what Chris did and all that he achieved.

“I am equally proud of my brother John who was also serving in Afghanistan at the same time as Chris, and who has now returned back there to the front line to continue serving.”

Matt’s brother Christopher, a Guardsman in the Irish Guards, was killed last November when his battalion came under fire from Taliban fighters.

The 22-year-old’s funeral at St Mary’s Lowe House Church was attended by hundreds of mourners and his family were subsequently able to donate more than £1,000 in donations to the Army Benevolent Fund.

Matt, from Eccleston, decided to combine his ambition to compete in physical challenges with his desire to honour the memory of his brother.

He added: “I’ve always wanted to take on an extreme challenge. As well as living life to the full and always smiling, which is what Chris would want.

“I want to do something that would hopefully in some way honour Chris and show my appreciation and gratitude to Chris and the Armed Forces for the sacrifics they make.”

The Lakeland 100 starts at 5.30pm on Friday, July 29 and Matt and Damien have until 9.30am on Sunday, July 31 to complete the race.

Runners must complete a circular route emcompassing the entire Lakeland fells, conquering around 6,300ft of hills in the process.