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Officer finishes at the double

PUBLISHED: 17:31 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010

AN army officer who suffered serious spinal injuries while serving in Iraq has raised money for charity after completing the London Marathon. Major Phil Packer, from Petts Wood, finished the 26-mile course in 26 hours for 26 different charities after sta

AN army officer who suffered serious spinal injuries while serving in Iraq has raised money for charity after completing the London Marathon.

Major Phil Packer, from Petts Wood, finished the 26-mile course in 26 hours for 26 different charities after starting at midday on Saturday.

He walked with a series of young helpers, each representing a charity, who accompanied him as he beat his personal best for the marathon by 13 days. Major Packer said: "Last year it took 14 days. I think you could say this is some improvement. This was tough.

"I'm not going to get any time to rest even now. There is work still to be done in terms of fundraising."

The intrepid Major Packer has rowed the English Channel and scaled a 3,000-feet cliff face to raise more than £1.3million for good causes.

His mother Angela, from Willett Close, Petts Wood, said: "I am very, very proud of him.

"To think that last year it took him two weeks is amazing.

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