Local Salisbury resident, Andreas Beirne, is set to take on the challenge of a lifetime on 28 April 2019 when he commences the mammoth Barrel Run Challenge, in which he is being supported by his local Specsavers store in Salisbury.


In aid of a good cause

Andreas is taking on the challenge with the hope of raising £20,000 for the charity, Combat Stress, which supports veterans dealing with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. 


Andreas will start his challenge on the day of the London Marathon where he will run 14miles/22.5km before he lines up with the other 40,000 competitors in the 26.5mile/42km marathon – that’s a total of 40.5miles in just one day! Over the following six days, Andreas will be running on average 40miles/65km a day from the Houses of Parliament back to his home town of Salisbury via the Combat Stress HQ, Aldershot, Winchester, Southampton and Andover, finishing up on Saturday 4 May. As if running this distance isn’t going to be hard enough, Andreas will be wearing a 13kg barrel on his back whilst running.


In total Andreas will run 456km. A particularly significant number as it represents the number of service men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.


Speaking about the challenge Andreas says: ‘I am under no illusion of the enormity of the challenge I have set myself, both in terms of completing 456km and reaching my target of raising £20,000. I feel honoured that the team at Specsavers in Salisbury are getting behind my challenge to help me reach my fundraising target. Every penny raised will make a massive difference to the brilliant work of Combat Stress.’


 A word from the optometric director

Anna Dailey, optometric director from Specsavers Salisbury, said: 'When we heard about the challenge that Andreas has set himself we just had to support him as it is such a worthwhile cause which affects so many people. Whilst we won’t be able to get out there and help him complete the run, we can do our bit by raising as much money as possible, so keep your eyes peeled for fun fundraising activities taking place in our store over the next month.


‘It was lovely to see Andreas in store and to learn more about his challenge. We all had a go at lifting the barrel that he is going to be running with and we were shocked at how heavy it is. We are so impressed with his commitment and hope to do him proud in our fundraising efforts. 


Visit the Specsavers store in Salisbury to find out more information about how you can support Andreas and enjoy some fun fundraising activities. 

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