In the Footsteps of the Fallen
Paris to London via the Western Front

In April 2018 I will be running “In the Footsteps of the Fallen” from Paris to London via the Western Front of the First World War. Starting in Paris on 8th April, I will run the Paris Marathon, before running back to London, following the line of the Western Front and visiting many of the major battlefields and memorial sites of World War One. I will finish in London two weeks later by running the London Marathon on 22nd April.

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Route

The final route is likely to be around 360 miles, or running a marathon a day for 15 days. I will be running off road (other than the two organised marathons) and self-supported, carrying my own kit and camping for most overnight stops.

WW1 MapThe red line shows the route of the run. After running the Paris Marathon, I will head north from Paris to Amiens, before following the line of the Western Front, visiting key sites such as Thiepval, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Loos, Messines Ridge and the Menin Gate in Ypres. After crossing the channel I will then run from Dover to London, ready to finish at the London Marathon on 22nd April.

Charity

“In the Footsteps of the Fallen” aims to raise a significant sum to support the wonderful work of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, who provide lifelong support to soldiers, veterans and their families; a charity that as a former Army Officer is very close to my heart. 100 years on from the “War to end all Wars”, our Army continues to be active all over the world and The Soldiers’ Charity does an amazing job in helping both serving soldiers and veterans.

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