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14 April 2015

Ex Soldier undertakes gruelling mountain run to help homeless exservice men and women

Retired soldier Martyn Bird, 57 is dedicating his last gruelling ultra marathon to raise much needed funds for homeless ex service men & women in Bristol. A former Major with the Royal Military Police, Martyn has taken part in some of the most gruelling races across the globe. In addition to ‘regular’ marathons he’s completed 150 mile races across both the Atacama and Gobi deserts, ran 300 miles from Thiepval memorial France to the National Memorial in Stafford. Working tirelessly to raise funds for numerous charities including Help for Heroes, Sports Relief, Cancer Research and the Poppy Appeal.

With over 30 years military service Martyn has seen first hand the selfless dedication to duty of the men and women of our Forces serving their country but now finding themselves in need of support. 

Running this last 163 miles race high in the Portuguese Mountains he’s determined to raise the profile of the work of the Community Self Build Agency. The CSBA is a national organisation with projects throughout the UK. This is the second project with which it has been involved here in Bristol working with Bristol based veterans keen to get their lives back on track, taking pride in living in the homes that they have built themselves. 

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For more information on The Community Self Build Agency:
contact: Stella Clarke CBE – 01275 393141

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