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Soldiers Race the Malawi Olympic Team

Over 100 Soldiers and family members took part today Credit: Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

Soldiers with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps based at the Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucestershire raced against three Olympic athletes from Malawi today. The team are training at theUniversity of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in the build up to the games.

They raced to complete the standard fitness test for British Soldiers - 2 minutes of press-ups followed by 2 minutes of sit-ups followed by a 1.5 mile run.

Olympic athletes from Malawi training today Credit: Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

The Malawi Olympic athletes included marathon runner Mike Tebulo, marathon pace-setter John Kayange and 400m sprinter Ambwene Simkonda. Kayange won with the fastest time of 7.36 minutes.

Soldiers' bodies to be returned to UK

5 of the 6 soldiers killed in Afghanistan were based in Warminster Credit: MoD

_From top left: Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley and Private Anthony Frampton. From bottom left: Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford. _

The bodies of the Wiltshire based soldiers killed in Afghanistan are expected to be returned to the UK on Thursday.

The soldiers - 5 of whom were based in Warminster - died when a Taliban roadside bomb destroyed their armoured vehicle last Tuesday.

They'll be flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Training continues on Salisbury Plain

Friends paid tribute at the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment

Training continues on Salisbury Plain today for the British Army regiment which lost five of its men in Afghanistan this week.

The Yorkshire regiment - which is based in Bulford, WIltshire - is one of several units taking part in the exercise. More members will be leaving for Helmand next month.

School 'proud' of former pupil

Private Christopher Kershaw Credit: Ministry of Defence

The school attended by 19-year-old Private Christopher Kershaw, before he joined the army, has paid tribute to the man, who died alongside five colleagues on Tuesday evening.

Tom Megahy, associate principal of Hanson School, said: "We were very proud of the young man he became and the service he has given to our country. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues at their tragic loss."


Tribute to 'incredibly brave men'

A moving tribute has been made to six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan by the commanding officer of the unit hit hardest by the latest deaths.

Lt Colonel Zac Stenning, of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, read a eulogy to the men outside Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, Wiltshire. Five of the soldiers were from the Battalion.

As their commanding officer of a tight knit family regiment, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my incredibly brave men, and to offer my deepest condolences to their families, and to their many friends.

– Lt Colonel Zac Stenning

Soldier expecting first child

Private Daniel Wade Credit: Ministry of Defence

A young soldier killed in Afghanistan had been expecting his first child. Friends of Private Daniel Wade, 20, said he had been "really excited" at the prospect of becoming a father with his girlfriend, Emma.

Friend Lewis Dixon, 20, said: "Daniel was a cadet, the Army was his dream. I saw him in town ... he was talking to me, saying his girlfriend was pregnant. She is having a girl. He was really excited. He was happy, really excited about it, it seemed he could not wait to get back."

Private Daniel Wade Credit: Ministry of Defence

Mr Dixon, a former soldier himself before being medically discharged, added: "In the Army you are not just a soldier, you are a band of brothers. It has hit a lot of people massively. He was popular and lovable - you couldn't speak to him without a smile on your face. He's done his duty."

Mr Dixon laid flowers outside Pte Wade's home, stood to attention, saluted and walked away in tears.

Headteacher tribute to soldier

Private Anthony Frampton Credit: Ministry of Defence

Melanie Williams, headteacher at Royds Hall High School, paid tribute to Pte Frampton. She said: "Anthony left Royds Hall in 2007 and is fondly remembered by staff as a memorable young man with a strong character and a real sense of humour.

"Friendly and polite, he was also caring and compassionate towards other students. Anthony will always be remembered by the school community with pride and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Private Anthony Frampton Credit: Ministry of Defence
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