A FORMER soldier is readying his running shoes for a mammoth 44-mile run across the beaches of Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day.
Iain Hill-Sharp, 41, of Cleckheaton, is set to tackle the run along the French coastline across the beaches where the Allied Forces first landed in 1944, to raise money for Army of Angels charity.
Iain served in the Duke of Wellington Regiment – now Third Batallion Yorkshire Regiment – until he left the service 15 years ago, to become a prison officer at Armley.
Thousands of other runners are expected to participate in the D-Day 44 run on June 6.
“I’m doing the run for Army of Angels, which helps veterans deal with issues like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and returning to civilian life after leaving the army,” Iain said.
“As a prison officer I see lots of ex-servicemen who end up inside after having no help leaving the army. They often turn to crime.
“We have schemes set up in prison to put these people in touch with charities which can help them. But more needs to be done.
“Army of Angels can try and help them with both physical and psychological problems and also helps families who have lost loved ones as well.”
The 44-mile run will be tough but Iain is confident his fitness levels will stand up to the test. He has already completed a 65-mile run down England’s East Coast last year.
“I keep myself fit and I’ve been into running all my life,” he said.
Meanwhile Iain is busy raising money and has set up a donations website at www.everydayhero.co.uk/iain_hillsharp.