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Veteran to run The Great Wall of China

Sean Rice (right): Pictured with founder of The VC Gallery, Barry John MBE (left).

AN EX-SOLDIER from Haverfordwest will be running the Great Wall of China next week, in aid of The VC Gallery.

Sean Rice served with the Royal Engineers and Director of Blayney’s Developments, and hopes to raise a grand total of £2,000 for The VC Gallery.

The VC Gallery, which stands for Veterans and the Community, is a drop in centre on High Street in Haverfordwest for veterans, but also helps various groups of people within the community through art engagement.

Speaking to The Herald, Sean said: “Danny King and Barry John asked me if I would to it for their charity. Obviously being a veteran, I found the cause and everything they do for the people of Pembrokeshire is very good – it’s a great cause.”

Sean will be be flying out to China on Monday (May 15) and running his marathon across The Great Wall on Sunday (May 21).

When asked about when he started his training, he laughed, and said: “About 20 years ago!

“I do a ot of marathons. Two weekends ago I did the Little Haven ultra marathon, which was 35 miles. Weekend before that I did Pendine, which is 32 miles. The biggest ones I’ve done is Hadrian’s Wall, which is 69 miles, and I’ve done New York, London – a few of the big ones!”

The Herald asked him if he felt that it was important that The Gallery is supported. He said: “Knowing Barry personally as a friend, and everything he does, and knowing the problems veterans have, it’s very important.

Founder of The VC Gallery, Barry John MBE, said: “I think it’s an epic challenge – it’s a hell of a marathon! He’s trained so much and done so many high profile runs before, that I feel that this is a bucket list for him.

“Because of the amount of miles he’s doing and because it’s the Great Wall of China, he’s served in the forces before, he’s a Pembrokeshire boy through and through and a Pembrokeshire businessman, and he understands that people of Pembrokeshire and what we do here, so I’m absolutely chuffed he’s chosen the VC Gallery to be able to be representative charity, to do this marathon.”

He added: “I just want to wish Sean good luck for his run. I think what he is doing is amazing, and I just want to thank him on behalf of all the people who come here, and all the veterans of Pembrokeshire.”

If you would like to sponsor Sean, you can go to to donate.