TWO former soldiers have completed the New York Marathon in aid of a charity supporting those in the forces.
Neal McGregor and wife Leanne, 30, took part in the world’s biggest and most popular marathon to raise cash for Combat Stress – The Veterans’ Mental Health Charity.
The pair, who met while on a tour of Iraq in 2006, were also selected to take part in a special opening ceremony in Central Park.
They were selected after entering online and telling organisers their story.
Neal, who is originally from the Torry area of Aberdeen, booked a trip to the Big Apple for his wife’s Christmas with the news that they would be running the 26.2 mile race.
The 35-year-old, who left the army in 2010, said: “I don’t know if she wanted to kiss me or kill me!
“Combat Stress helps veterans and currently serving soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“I have been treated for it and I know all about it.
“I realised how long the waiting list is and the charity can get help a bit quicker if they get funding.
“A lot of soldiers find it difficult to admit it.
“I want to raise awareness and help break down barriers for people to come forward.”
The couple, who live in Manchester, had set a target online of £750 and have already smashed that – gaining more than £1,500 in donations.
Leanne left the army in 2007 and is now an information manager, while Neal, who works as a compliance engineer.
To donate to the cause visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com-/team/mcgregorNL