Barefoot soldier from Tidworth finishes his march in the United States

A Tidworth-based ARMY major who hit the headlines last year when he crossed the UK barefoot completed another shoe-less march, this time across the US east coast.

Chris Brannigan completed the 1,000 mile march between Maine and North Carolina last week.

He is raising funds to find a cure for Cornelia de Lange syndrome after his nine-year-old daughter, Hasti, was diagnosed with the disease in 2019.

It took 45 days for the soldier to complete the epic march, which raised over £ 100,000.

“One of the things I didn’t plan for was how much time I would spend walking alone,” he said.

“Most of the time I was walking in the woods.

“When I was walking in the UK I had a lot of people with me all the time which made a real difference,” he told the BBC.

Explaining how his daughter ended up in the hospital on her walk, Chris added, “It was really scary. She had to go to the hospital. She was there for a while.

“When I walked, I had very little communication with my wife due to poor signal reception. I was just incredibly worried.

“I didn’t know what was going on and thought the worst could happen.

“At one point I thought I was going to come home and cut the challenge short, but luckily Hasti has recovered and is now back home.”

Last year, Maj Brannigan walked barefoot from Land’s End to Edinburgh, spending several days in East Wiltshire and North Hampshire. He stopped at Larkhill Barracks, before proceeding to Army Headquarters in Andover on day 12.

The next day, he walked from Andover to Basingstoke, where he went to the hospital to have his swollen feet examined.

During last year’s walk he raised £ 585,000.

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