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Man Running Charity Marathon On A Cruise Ship

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 23, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM UTC
Steve Eaton is running 70 laps around a cruise ship to honor a slain soldier friend. Photo: BBC.

Steve Eaton is running 70 laps around a cruise ship to honor a slain soldier friend. Photo: BBC.

He is doing it to honor a slain soldier.

Steve Eaton, 57, of Tamworth, England is on a cruise around the Mediterranean. Unlike the rest of the passengers, Mr. Eaton won’t be sitting back on a deck chair sipping a cold drink. Instead, he’ll be running a marathon.

The BBC is reporting that on Thursday, he was planning to run 70 laps around his ship, taking about five hours. The reason he’s doing it is to raise money for the late Staff Sergeant Christopher Chacksfield who died in an incident outside a nightclub in June 2010.

According to Eaton, SSG Chacksfield had always wanted to raise money for an armed forces charity.

“I am close friends with his parents, Robin and Heather, and I wanted to do something to help ease their grief,” said Eaton.

SSG Chacksfield had completed tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia. He was waiting for a taxi outside the nighclub with his wife, an Army nurse, when he was attacked. He left behind his wife and a young daughter.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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