A SOLDIER will run the Worcester half marathon carry 71lbs of weight for the 71 military personnel who took their own lives in 2017.

Max Batchelor, 28, has served in the army for just over seven years. He is currently based in 8, Training Battalion MOD, Lyneham

He says after experiencing everything the Royal electrical and Mechanical engineers has to offer he wanted to give something back, hence his fundraising efforts.

He said on his just giving page: “71 Military personnel & veterans took their lives in 2018, following mental health issues.

“Both charities I am raising money for help service personnel & Veterans including families of military.

“I will be competing in the Worcester half marathon in 2020. Not only will I be doing the 13.1 miles, I will be carrying 71 Lbs of weight.

“This is to highlight the 71 military personnel who took their lives in 2018. (1 Lb for every lost life).

“The weight will be split between Virtus Body Armour & Day sack. With me in military kit & boots.

“I have also applied to Guinness World Records for the fasted time to complete a half marathon in Armour (hopefully the application will be successful).

“Weʼre hoping to raise £500 to Raise awareness & support for mental health. For the REME Charity & Help For Heroes, for both service personnel & Veterans..”

Max added: " I have always believed in 'giving something' back wherever you can, and in using your talents and skills for good causes. As a PTI for the army, fitness is an area of expertise for me."

Mum, Leena Batchelor said: “I am incredibly proud of Max. Despite the difficult role he has in the army, Max is an incredibly compassionate and empathetic person.

“He is a fun and supportive brother to his 3 siblings, uncle to his 2 nephews, and a wonderful son.

“Sometimes I don’t think he believes he deserves the accolades which come his way, but trust me, he truly does. Last year and the year before, he ran the Worcester half-marathon to raise funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society - he chose that charity as they support his younger sister, who is deaf.

“Prior to that, he ran his first half in Coventry for the Royal British Legion. He is always giving back.

“I really, really hope that we can help him meet his target in May as this effort is herculean to say the least!!”