Castleford soldier Alan Poole will take on a gruelling three back-to-back marathons to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Warrant Officer (First Class)Poole - who is currently serving at the Afghan Army Officers Training Academy - will row and run 42km before doing the same distance on a cross trainer at the camp in Kabul.
WO1 Poole, 49, - who has served in the army for 30 years - aims to complete the Boxing Day challenge within ten hours.
His partner Martine Burgess, of Whitwood, said: “Alan has wanted to do something for charity for a while and he thought over the Christmas period would be the best time to do it.
“He has done the New York Marathon a few times and he is an athlete in the army so I’m sure he’ll complete it.”
Miss Burgess said WO1 Poole - who went to Castleford High School - hopes to raise at least £1,000 for the Yorkshire branch of the Royal British Legion.
WO1 Poole has served in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Miss Burgess added: “It is hard being away from your loved ones for so long, especially over Christmas.
“Alan has a six-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter so it’s really hard for them too because they miss him as much as he misses them.”
For more information or to sponsor WO1 Poole visit www.justgiving.com/alan-poole
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