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THE son of a former soldier will be running an ultra-marathon around Portsmouth today as part of a record-breaking fundraising challenge.

Businessman Andy McMenemy, from Harrogate, will be running his 20th ultra-marathon – 50km, or 31miles – in as many days.

The 49-year-old is attempting to run 66 consecutive ultra-marathons in 66 days, one in each official UK city in a bid to raise £1m for the ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, which helps soldiers, former soldiers and their families.

Mr McMenemy, an experienced endurance runner, said: ‘It is great to be running in Portsmouth, and I welcome anyone who wishes to show support or join me on this leg of my marathon journey to help The Soldiers’ Charity continue their fantastic work.

‘The support Challenge 66 has received so far in the county is incredible, but we do need people to go to our website and donate to help us hit our target.’

Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, chief executive of the charity, added: ‘Ordinary people going about their jobs in often extraordinary circumstances is what the army is built on and if Challenge 66 brings about greater understanding of the sacrifices made by our troops it will be worth every step Andy takes.’

He will start at the Esplanade in Southsea at 10am.

For more information and to make a donation go to challenge66.org.