Ex-paratrooper to pull 250kg oven through Northampton as part of nine-day 150 mile charity challenge

Pete Digby running with an oven
Pete Digby running with an oven

An ex-paratrooper will be pulling a 250kg oven through Northampton next month as part of a charity challenge to raise money for a charity that helps soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

Pete Digby is planning to run 150 miles in nine days while pulling a 250kg oven during a journey that will start on Saturday, September 6 at the National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s centre of remembrance near Lichfield in Staffordshire.

Mr Digby will be travelling through Northampton on September 10 and will end at Guildhall in the City of London on Sunday, September 14.

All funds raised from the journey will go to the Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust, a charity that supports paratroopers wounded in Afghanistan and also supports the families of those killed in action.

Mr Digby, who has completed the London Marathon carrying a fridge, washing machine and an oven, said this would be his “biggest challenge yet”.

He said: “Pulling a 250kg oven for 150 miles is definitely my biggest challenge yet. In choosing something so unusual I’m seeking to focus attention on the sacrifices that the Parachute Regiment has made in Afghanistan and to raise much-needed funds to help the wounded and bereaved families in their day to day lives.

“I need the support of corporate sponsors, based along the 150 mile route and elsewhere, and ask them to be as generous as possible in support of this very worthwhile cause. I would also ask members of the public to give generously via the Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/petesparachallenge.”