The 2010 Virgin London Marathon will see the largest ever contingent running in support of the nation’s leading Armed Forces Charity, The Royal British Legion

Sixty-two runners will compete for The Legion over the famous 26 mile course. Between them they are expected to raise over £120,000 towards the Legion’s welfare work.

Many of those taking part are Serving in the Armed Forces or are ex-Services and have personal reasons for supporting The Royal British Legion, for example:

  • Adam Hornby was selected as a representative runner for the 1.4 million strong ‘Maximum Respect for the British Armed Forces supporting the RBL’ Facebook group. Adam served in the RAF for four years, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, before being medically discharged. Adam’s brother Corporal Simon Hornby, from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was killed in Afghanistan on 19 December 2009
  • Mike Buss served with the Royal Green Jackets for 10 years. The Legion assisted Mike in re-adjusting to life on Civvy Street after leaving the Army. Not content with the 26 miles the London Marathon has to offer Mike will run directly home after crossing the finish line on The Mall, home being Swindon another 80miles away
  • Former Army Major, Phil Packer will walk the 22nd mile for The Royal British Legion . Mr Packer, who completed last years marathon in two weeks, is this year dedicating each of the marathon’s 26 miles to a different charity who benefit young people with disabilities

The Legion will support about 160,000 Serving and ex-Service personnel and their families in 2010, including a growing number from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.