Portsmouth man to take on one of UK’s toughest races for charity 

Gary Cannings, 30, from Portsmouth
Gary Cannings, 30, from Portsmouth

NOT content with just running the Great South Run, Gary Cannings has set himself a second challenge.

The 30-year-old will be taking part in the 10-mile route in Southsea on Sunday before putting on his running shoes again next month for Hell Runner south.

Gary, from Portsmouth, signed up to both challenges to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity supporting children who have lost a parent serving in the armed forces.

It is a cause close to Gary’s heart as his dad served in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and his brother also served in the Military Police.

The security manager only started running seriously last year but is ready for his two upcoming challenges.

Gary said: ‘For me, it was the thought that I know people who were and still are in the military, and it’s so important to have something in place for their kids should anything happen.

‘As soon as I heard about Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the work the charity does, I simply had to contribute and fundraise for such a terrific cause.’

Once finished with the Great South Run on Sunday, Gary will start preparing for Hell Runner south which is one of the UK’s toughest races. Held in Bordon on November 24, it spans 10 miles of muddy woods, water features and steep ascents.

Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, said: ‘What Gary is undertaking is no easy feat.

‘We’re very grateful to him for raising money in what promises to be a physically challenging couple of months.

‘We need fundraisers like Gary in order to continue our work, making sure bereaved armed forces children are supported.’

To donate to Gary visit justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-cannings1