A Marathon Effort From Injured British Soldier 2009: Maj Phil

A marathon effort from injured British soldier

Phil Packer set off April 26 and walked the 26.2-mile (42.2-km) course on crutches at a rate of two miles (3.2 km) a day. Packer entered the marathon to support Help for Heroes, a charity for wounded soldiers. He has raised more than stg600,000 ($NZ1,540,000) and hopes to reach 1 million. The 36-year-old military policeman has been a paraplegic since he was injured in Basra in February 2008. Packer crossed the finishing line Saturday and said the feeling was bittersweet, because it followed the deaths of four British soldiers in Afghanistan in the last two days.

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