Former Ipswich serviceman to run breadth of England for veterans charity Walking with the Wounded
- Credit: Gregg Brown
A former Ipswich serviceman who suffered with PTSD is running the breadth of the country to raise money for Walking with the Wounded.
Kyle Tyrer, 29, who served two tours in Afghanistan with 9 Parachute Squadron 23 Engineer Regiment based at Woodbridge, plans to run the 210 miles from Warrington to Ipswich in just five days.
Mr Tyrer, who has a five-year-old daughter called Cheska, has been supported by the firm he works for, Ardent Hire, which has donated a support vehicle to follow him on his gruelling challenge.
“I suffered difficulties last Christmas and was off work with PTSD,” he said.
“The charity Walking with the Wounded were the ones who helped me out and supported me.
“At one point hadn’t slept for three weeks, I was getting nightmares and sweats in the morning.
“I didn’t want to do anything and locked myself away in my house.
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“But I am a lot better in myself now. “I am doing so much better, they really helped me get back on my feet.
“Ipswich Hospital’s home care team were fantastic with me to.”
Mr Tyrer heads off from Ardent’s Warrington depot on September 4 and plans to run 42 miles a day until he reaches the firm’s Ipswich depot on September 8.
He said: “When I told my daughter what I was doing she said ‘are you going to run around the world for me Daddy?’.
“I said ‘not quite around the world but it will probably feel like it by the end.”
Mr Tyrer said he was slowly increasing the miles he runs each week in preparation for the challenge.
“I had been training just to lose weight but now I’m running about four times during the week and 20 miles at the weekend,” he said.
“I will increase it a bit more closer to the challenge.
“At the moment I’m just doing slow and steady runs and concentrating on putting in the miles.”
While on his run, Kyle will be joined by another veteran Anthony Stevens, who will be backing him up in the support vehicle.
If you would like to sponsor Kyle on his cross country challenge click here.