Amble’s Steve Cowell completed the gruelling Paras 10 race, raising £440 for charity.
The 47-year-old trained for four months and set himself a target time of 1hr 50mins; the time soldiers must complete the 10 miles to pass their training.
It was great weather at Catterick Garrison, but not too warm for Steve who was wearing army fatigues and carrying a 35lb pack.
The terrain was rough with hills almost right away. Steve ran through all three optional water obstacles and up the killer Tank Hill.
“As you neared the finish you could hear the music and the crowds cheering. But above all the noise I heard my wife’s voice, ‘Come on Stevie’,” said Steve.
He finished in 1hr 39mins, placing him 54th of the 747 males and 15th of the 290 male veterans.
He added: “Thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored me.”
Anyone wanting to donate can at www.justgiving.com/stephen-cowell