A WINCHESTER vet is to take part in a long distance triathlon in August to raise money for military charity Hounds for Heroes.

Colin Carrall-Wilcocks, joint owner of the Stable Close practice, in St Cross Road, will swim 3.8km, cycle 180km and then run a marathon.

The 48-year-old set himself the target of raising £1,000, but has already topped the figure several weeks ahead of the August 10 event, due to take place near Cirencester.

Hounds for Heroes provide specially trained-assistance dogs to men and women who have become injured or disabled as a result of service in the armed forces or emergency services.

The dogs help their owners to complete everyday tasks, as well as providing essential love and companionship as they come to terms with a disability.

“Hounds for Heroes do incredible work,” said Colin, who grew up on a farm in South Africa and spent two years’ conscription in the Army there as a horse medic.

“They rely completely on public fundraising and donations to continue their work, so I’m really pleased to be able to support them.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generous sponsorships I’ve received so far, but this result has just pushed me to raise as much as I can before the race.”

To sponsor Colin and his marathon endeavour, visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Colin-HoundsforHeroes.