A MEMBER of the British Army will be taking on a hundred-mile solo run over 24 hours in Lancashire and Cumbria to support homeless veterans.

Danny O’Donnell has served 24 years in the armed forces and has reached the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2).

His challenge to support soldiers living in hard times will see him cover more than 100 miles in the space of a day to raise £5,000 for Homeless Veterans.

He decided to undertake this challenge after meeting homeless former soldiers living on the streets in towns and cities across the country.

Danny said: “Every town and city I’ve run in there are so many veterans on the side of the roads, on the pavements, forced into begging.

"I’ve gone to speak to them sometimes and I thought of all the charities to support Homeless Veterans would be my next one.

“I am hoping to achieve £5,000 before I start the run.

“This will be my second ultra-race as the first one was 34 miles. This one will be three times as long.

“I’m wanting to do the 100-mile run in a time limit on this one." 

His career has seen him serve in numerous UN tours including Angola and Bosnia, two tours of the Falklands, two tours of Iraq, a tour of Northern Ireland as a specialist covert support driver and seven months in Oman.

Danny has also served in Cyprus, Germany, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

He added: “The plan is to go around four different routes three times.

“They will be around Lancaster and up towards Milnthorpe. I will be running from the Lancaster reserve centre on Caton Road.

“Two of the routes are ten miles long, one is six miles and another is nine miles. Each done three times will take me over 100 miles.”

Danny will be completing the run on October 3 at 7pm.  

Show your support by donating at justgiving.com/campaign/DannyODonnell.