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Charity run in memory of soldier

A film-maker whose best friend was killed while serving with the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment will run next year's Brighton Half marathon in his memory.

Marathon effort 'for Daniel'

A film-maker whose best friend was killed while serving with the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment will run next year's Brighton Half marathon in his memory.

Christian Hearn lost his best friend of 16 years, Private Daniel Prior, in 2011. The 27-year-old was injured in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. He was returned to the UK, where he died in hospital.

Private Daniel Prior, 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment Credit: MOD

Christian and Daniel had been keen running buddies, training and covering many miles together in and around their home town of Peacehaven in East Sussex.

Christian will be running in aid of Blind Veterans UK, which has its oldest support centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

The 29-year-old said: "As Dan served with the Parachute Regiment it made sense for me to want to support a military charity.

"I have done four half marathons before but never the one in Brighton. I have done ones that are really hilly and bumpy so running on Brighton's flat ground this time should be good.

"Me and Dan really got each other running and would always go out running together. We always spoke about running marathons and half marathons together but never got the chance to. I like running in his memory."

The Brighton Half Marathon takes place on February 16.

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