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Soldiers running the marathon in double time 

Two British soldiers have overcome personal and family tragedy to make the start line of the London Marathon and hope their story will inspire others.

Adam Smiles and Lee Haynes

Adam and Lee are both soldiers in the King’s Royal Hussar Regiment and chose to run for the ICR after Adam’s sister was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28.

Thanks to life-saving surgery, Adam’s sister is on the road to recovery, but her experience has driven Adam to help others with cancer by driving research into the disease.

Adam said: “My sister was diagnosed with cancer last year. Surgery saved her, but research into cancer is vital for helping patients where surgery might not be so effective.”

But Adam too had to overcome ‘the impossible’ to take on the 26.2 mile course.

He was injured by a road-side bomb while touring in Iraq. The doctors told him he may never run again.

Adam said: “I ran for anyone who has been told that something is impossible. It was also my own personal goal to complete a marathon and I really enjoyed every minute of the race."

Adam and Lee raised money for the ICR together and they raised over £4,000.

They received lots of donations from friends, family and members of their regiment. They also organised fundraising activities, including bag-packing for customers in supermarkets and challenging their squad members to matches on the console game FIFA Soccer!

Adam and Lee have overcome personal challenges and together show there are lots of ways to raise money for the ICR.

If you are inspired by their story and are interested in running for the ICR in next year's London Marathon email sports@ICR.ac.uk to join our running team, or see our Sports and Challenges page for event listings throughout 2015 and 2016.

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