A SOLDIER from Huddersfield returned home to take part in a 10-kilometre race at the weekend.
Abdul Khadar, 25, from Fartown, is a member of the Royal Logistic Corps and has just completed his phase one training to be a driver.
He won the best physical training award for his performance during phase one. And he proved his prowess by completing the 10k run from Lockwood Park on Sunday.
The run was organised by Huddersfield Road Runners to coincide with the club’s 25th anniversary year.
It started and finished at Lockwood Park and more than 400 runners took part.
There was more than £1,000 on offer in prizes, including a £100 prize for breaking the course record.
The men’s record is held by Rob Holladay, from Morpeth Athletic Club, who completed the course in 32min 45sec in 1997.
The women’s record is held by Rowan Smith, of Scarborough AC. She set her time of 36-07 in 2002.
Abdul was not out to break any records but to keep fit during a break from his Army training.
He said: “It went well. I need to keep my fitness up.
“I also wanted to show that the Army can allow you to do things you never expected you could do.”
Adbul is soon due to start his phase two training as a driver at the Army’s driving school in Leconfield, East Yorkshire. But first he is spending time at the Army recruitment office in Kirkgate, Huddersfield taking part in the Satisfied Soldier scheme.
This involves talking to potential recruits about what life is like in the Army. Abdul said: “The Army is everything to me.
“By getting in I have achieved my dream.”
He joined the Army at the Huddersfield office last July.
It was his recruiting sergeant, Richie Matkowski, who persuaded him to take part in the 10k race.
Sgt Matkowski said: “I am part of Longwood Harriers and I said did he want to do the run with me.
“It was my first race in five years and my time was 47 min 40 sec.
“Khadar was not far behind me.
“He was a strong candidate in terms of fitness and he’s got what the Army needs.
“He’s going to do well for himself.
“He is going to continue running, too.
“I’ve got him signed up for a 10k in Halifax!”