A FORMER soldier from Andover has finished a mammoth cross-country challenge of running 15 marathons in 15 days in aid of charities close to his heart.

Dad-of-one Jordan Wylie ran through the 15 National Parks of England, Scotland and Wales in a bid to add to his £250,000 fundraising target.

While others were taking on the London Marathon the 35-year-old was tackling some 393 miles.

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- Two pages of your letters

- Two pages of your local sport

- And much much more!