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Military twist for marathon man

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A SOLDIER is preparing to race through the capital for charity while wearing full military kit.

Moffat native Julian Mills, 28, will run the Edinburgh Marathon in May to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

This will be the experienced runner’s first homegrown marathon, after he previously completed mammoth runs abroad in Rome and Paphos.

Excited to take part, Julian said: “I hope to raise £800 but anything over that would be fantastic.

“All the money is going to Macmillan Cancer Support. We all know somebody affected by cancer and I believe it’s a valuable charity who support a huge proportion of the population.”

He added: “I’ve always been a naturally good runner since I was young.

“Now that I’m getting older I’m slowing down a bit but still enjoy the freedom that comes with running. Always see a nice bit of scenery too.”

But Julian, a former army medic, now studying to be an environmental health technician with the army, will not be running in simple sports gear, instead he will be paying homage to his army roots.

Discussing training and plans for the day, he said: “I have not done a great deal of training as of yet, but I intend to ramp up training now with nine weeks to go – especially considering I’m doing it the run in military kit and with an extra 10kg of weight on my back.

“I love a good challenge and hopefully this will encourage more people to donate.”

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