Dave beats sweltering heat for run and sky dive

TOUGH Dave Jones who ran from Waterlooville to Salisbury
TOUGH Dave Jones who ran from Waterlooville to Salisbury
The team passes the Nelson statue in Old Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland (171022-0023)

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A YOUNG paratrooper showed he is made of strong stuff by running 40 miles on the hottest day of the year.

Dave Jones, 23, ran from Waterlooville to Salisbury for charity, taking 15 hours.

And the next day he completed the incredible feat by jumping from an aeroplane with the Red Devils.

It was all in aid of Help for Heroes and he has raised more than £500 so far.

Dave, from Orchard Road, Denmead, said: ‘I wanted to see how far I could get, do something exciting and push myself.

‘I made a list of things I wanted to do this year and a skydive was at the top. So I thought I could combine it with a run. I love a challenge. And it was certainly a challenge!’

He set off at 7am on July 24 and arrived in Salisbury at 10pm.

Dave said: ‘It was 13-and-a-half hours on the hottest day of the year.

‘There were times when it was so hot and tiring I almost fell at the side of the road.

‘But I kept checking my phone for messages of good luck from people which kept me going.

‘It was the first skydive I’ve ever done. But I’ve got to get used to it!’

Dave has completed selection with the paratroopers and should join up by the end of the year.

Donate at bmycharity.com/runandskydive.