The £150k Challenge

On the 25th November 2021 Brian Wood MC, completed his 25th Marathon in 25 days, paying tribute to our fallen from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict a total of 635 miles!

Brian dedicated every mile to each individual that lost their life during the conflict. Brian began the challenge with the aim of raising £20,000 for Walking With The Wounded charity, as he crossed the finish line, he had raised a total of £135,000 – with the total only rising.


Brian Wood

Brian Wood MC

Brian Wood MC, former Colour Sergeant, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

Brian Wood was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, by Her Majesty The Queen II, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq.

In the heat of a lethal close quarters battle, fighting outnumbered, he seized the initiative, taking a split-second decision to lead his men into the teeth of enemy fire in the first bayonet charge by British soldiers in 25 years.

Leading from the front, he put his own life in great danger. Under his command, Brian’s men defeated the enemy without sustaining any serious casualties themselves. Their actions that day saved many other soldiers’ lives.

During a 16 year military career, Brian led British troops across the full spectrum of battle from training to fighting; from operations in the Balkans to high intensity combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Walking With The Wounded supports disadvantaged veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities. We have adapted and we continue to support our ex-service community during this difficult time. WWTW has worked in partnership with the NHS for many years and during this period we will continue those partnerships to respond wherever possible to support our incredible NHS.

Brian has set out his planned routes on each day of the challenge, leaving each day from a British Army Barracks. More details will be made available through Brians Social Media Channels, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN.

Without a doubt, this is a challenge not to be underestimated. Brian has previously completed marathons and cross country charity events in support of veterans and his former regiment – the PWRR. When asked how he was feeling about the challenge, Brian responded both positively and focused,

”I constantly remind myself why I am doing this when I’m fully in the hurt locker.”

Brian went on to say, “It’s solid graft on my body but I need to put the hard work in so I can represent the 635 that have fallen.”

Follow Brian's journey

You’ll find Brian on @brianwoodmc

  • Brian Wood MC

    Giving this paddle boarding a bash. Loving our new @Aquaplanetsup 👌 Shorts and socks available…… on Sat 21st May at 12:58
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    RT @keep__attacking: Put yourself in the frame for the ultimate challenge! 🏃 Join us for the next #KeepAttackingEvent on 9 July Martinique… on Sat 21st May at 10:07
  • Brian Wood MC

    @AlanSma69860706 Top man mate, hope all is well. on Fri 20th May at 14:06
  • Brian Wood MC

    RT @Fujitsu_Defence: This week, Fujitsu employees attended an inspirational talk hosted by @Veeam. Thanks to @BrianWoodMC – former Colour S… on Fri 20th May at 14:05
  • Brian Wood MC

    RT @keep__attacking: 🔊 Kids event now live 🔊 KIDS Keep Attacking challenge is now live. Just for your information we only have limited num… on Fri 20th May at 07:50
  • Brian Wood MC

    RT @keep__attacking: New Keep Attacking male and female running shorts are now in stock 🏃‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️…… on Thu 19th May at 13:04
  • Brian Wood MC

    RT @afghanrugshop: Dropped by the @keep__attacking HQ this morning to deliver Woody his new bespoke rug for their workspace. ⁣ ⁣ Thanks for… on Thu 19th May at 13:01
  • Brian Wood MC

    Recent podcast I did with The Melior Movement podcast. Coming soon. on Tue 17th May at 18:50

The Route Leaders

Captain Name
Sam Hawkins
Route Leader
Captain Name
Paul Bennett
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Captain Name
Mick Balch
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Kim Bowling
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Craig Anstey
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Darren Norris
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Wayne Sykes
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Shaun Wildgoose
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Raph Winstanley
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Michael Coates
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Jo Marsh
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John Peart
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Start date Location Route Leader
Monday 1st November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Tuesday 2nd November 2021, 9:00am HMNB Portsmouth Sam Hawkins
Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 9:00am Thorny Island Craig Anstey
Thursday 4th November 2021, 9:00am Farnham Darren Norris
Friday 5th November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Saturday 6th November 2021, 9:00am APTC Mick Balch
Sunday 7th November 2021, 9:00am Keogh Mick Balch
Monday 8th November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Tuesday 9th November 2021, 9:00am Sandhurst Wayne Sykes
Wednesday 10th November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Thursday 11th November 2021, 9:00am RAF Odiham Raph Winstanley
Friday 12th November 2021, 9:00am Gibraltar Barracks Kim Bowling
Saturday 13th November 2021, 9:00am Portsmouth Paul Bennett
Sunday 14th November 2021, 5:00am London Michael Coates
Monday 15th November 2021, 9:00am Lille Barracks Kim Bowling
Tuesday 16th November 2021, 9:00am HMS Collingwood Sam Hawkins
Wednesday 17th November 2021, 9:00am APTC Jo Marsh
Thursday 18th November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Friday 19th November 2021, 9:00am HMS Saltan Mick Balch
Saturday 20th November 2021, 9:00am Portsmouth Shaun Wildgoose
Sunday 21st November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Monday 22nd November 2021, 9:00am Portsmouth John Peart
Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 9:00am APTC Kim Bowling
Wednesday 24th November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch
Thursday 25th November 2021, 9:00am Hogmoor Mick Balch

Filming The Ultimate Sacrifice

Brian’s challenge is being filmed and may be released on both social and national networks. From time to time there may also be news crews filming.

If you turn up to run or cheer Brian through his challenge, be aware that you may be on film at any point during his challenge. It is your responsibility to be clear of cameras / crews if you do not wish to be filmed.