Two former soldiers from Norfolk to run half marathons around football stadiums en route to Euro 2012 in aid of Help For Heroes

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy is not the only person from Norwich heading to the Euro 2012 football championships in Ukraine and Poland.

David Croft and Bobby Hill are getting in on the act as well, but will be taking the hard road to eastern Europe in aid of armed forces charity Help For Heroes.

David and Bobby, both aged 26, are former serving soldiers. They are taking on seven half marathons is seven days, around seven national football stadiums.

David, who lives in King Street, Norwich, was a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, based in Catterick in North Yorkshire, with the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment up until last year, serving two tours of Afghanistan.

Bobby, from Martham, in east Norfolk, was previously part of the 9 Parachute Squadron of the Royal Engineers, based at Woodbridge in Suffolk, and served a tour of Afghanistan in 2008.


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They will be setting off on Wednesday, June 20 and arriving in Kiev on Tuesday, June 26, the day before the Euro 2012 quarter-finals will begin.

They will start off at Carrow Road before heading for the Stade de France in Paris, King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, the Amsterdam Arena in Holland, the Berlin Olympic Stadium in Germany, the Warsaw National Stadium in Poland and finally the Kiev Olympic Stadium in Ukraine.

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They will be living by tent and army rations to make the challenge even harder but are confident of completing the adventure.

Bobby said: 'We are both as active as when we were serving so I think we'll do it. We'll then have seven days in Ukraine to rest and if we can blag a couple of tickets then great, but if not we'll just soak up the atmosphere.'

David works at Norwich's Vodka Revolution bar, in Queen Street, where further proceeds for their cause will be raised on the bank holiday night of Monday, June 4.

The bar will be offering wristbands for a minimum donation of �5. These will entitle people to half-price drinks and entry into a prize draw – with a pair of tickets to England's Euro 2012 clash with Ukraine, an iPad 2 and a 12-person cocktail masterclass all up for grabs.

The pair are also planning to hike to Everest base camp to raise further funds for Help For Heroes next year.

They have set themselves a big fundraising target of �6,500.

To support their cause, go to www.justgiving.com/david-croft

- Are you taking on a fundraising challenge? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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