Lance corporal James Wharton completed Saturday’s Brighton Marathon in four hours and 52 minutes, raising £4,000 for Stonewall.
The soldier, kitted out in full army gear, stated: “‘It was a pleasure to run for a cause I’m passionate about – although pounding the streets in camouflage trousers and army boots in temperatures over 20 degrees was as hard as any army mission I’ve completed!’
James, who has served in Iraq, took to Brighton’s streets to run on behalf of Stonewall. The group raised a total of £7000 for the charity.
Funds will benefit Stonewalls Education for All campaign, which seeks to end homophobic bullying in schools. Nine in ten British teachers say that they have witnessed homophobic bullying among their students. The scheme promotes training to battle these issues.
James Wharton is currently touring schools nationwide with Stonewall as an example of a positive gay role model. He hosts assemblies and chats to pupils and teachers to promote the army and anti LGBT bullying.
The Brighton Equality Walk lead by Stonewall will take place on Sunday 1 May.