Soldier Robert gets that Helsinki feeling

Second Lieutenant Robert Kirby, from Apsley.
Second Lieutenant Robert Kirby, from Apsley.

An Army officer from Apsley has found time to complete a marathon ahead of a tour of Afghanistan.

Second Lieutenant Robert Kirby, 23, got his commission from Sandhurst in April and is now training to visit the war-torn country next year.

But he still managed to complete the Helsinki City Marathon in Finland on August 18 to raise cash for the Army Benevolent Fund, which supports serving and retired soldiers.

He said: “I’ve chosen ABF as my charity because they do so much for soldiers. Everyone in the Army knows someone who has needed psychological, physical or financial help at a difficult time, and ABF are renowned for stepping in – even for families of servicemen and servicewomen or those who have left the forces.

“I would appeal to anyone in 
Dacorum to give generously to a very worthwhile cause.”

Robert, pictured, left, went to Chambersbury and Longdean schools before studying for a degree in philosophy at Kings College, London, and then going to Sandhurst military academy.

The Helsinki run was the only marathon he could fit in with his training but he completed the Brighton Marathon last year in 3hrs 12mins.

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