Former Fenland soldier completes half marathon fundraising tribute

PUBLISHED: 11:31 09 April 2011

James Tattingham raised almost £1,000 for Blesma.

James Tattingham raised almost £1,000 for Blesma.

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A DELIGHTED former soldier raised almost £1,000 for limbless ex-service men by running the Reading Half Marathon.

James Tattingham raised almost £1,000 for Blesma.

James Tattingham, who served in Afghanistan during four years with the parachute regiment, completed the fundraising as a tribute to his former colleagues.

All the money raised will go to the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA).

Mr Tattingham, from Gorefield, said: “It was my first half marathon and it was a true success. I was cheered on by everyone and that kept me going.

“The atmosphere was buzzing. I even managed a sprint finish and looked up to see my family cheering.

“I’m over the moon with the money I’ve raised for BLESMA and I would like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported me.”

Mr Tattingham, a father-of-two, completed the 13 mile race in just over an hour and a half. People can still donate to BLESMA directly by visiting: www.blesma.org


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