AN RAF veteran has conquered a phenomenal rowing feat, by completing 10 marathons in 10 days.

Andy Webb finished his incredible Overlord Challenge on Saturday, November 9, at Holyrood Academy.

After putting in hard miles at Crossfit Wolfram, outside Ilminster’s Tesco, and at RNAS Yeovilton through the week, Andy reached the final day fighting extreme tiredness and a painful knee injury.

But he battled through, joined for his last marathon by teams of scouts, armed forces personnel, and hard-working fundraisers.

Each team also covered 100k alongside Andy, helping to increase his fundraising total.

Every penny will go to Chard’s Poppy Appeal.

Before the 10 days, Andy said: “The Poppy Appeal is very important to me as a veteran.

“My late wife served in the RAF, my eldest son has been medically discharged after serving six years in the special forces, and my third son is serving in the Royal Engineer Commandos.

“I have used the services from the RBL and aim to raise money to help many others.”

Andy’s total target - 262 miles - was inspired by the D-Day Landings, codenamed Operation Overlord, which marked its 75th anniversary this year.

Over the 10-day stretch, he covered the equivalent of rowing from Portland in Dorset to Sword Beach in Normandy and then back again.

When combined with his training, Andy has covered 18 marathons over the past 12 months on a rowing machine.

After completing the feat, Andy said: “At times it was emotional, inspiring and at times downright hard.

“From 12,000m I struggled. I suffered blistering on my hands and feet, cramps in my leg abductors, requiring treatment as I carried on rowing.

“As I rowed kids were rowing, teams were encouraging each other to row 100k. I couldn’t complain about the condition of my body.

“Thank you to those who have followed and encouraged my journey to row 10 marathons in 10 days.”

While 2019 marked the anniversary of D-Day, 2020 will mark 75 years since VE Day.

Despite just completing one gruelling feat, Andy is already setting his sights on another.

He added: “I’ve been approached to organise a larger event next year for the Poppy Appeal to commemorate VE Day anniversary - so it has to be big.

“The location has already been provisionally sourced, companies are interested in sponsoring the event and rowing teams have already expressed an interest.

“The challenge next year will be world record attempts at 100k for two, four and six people, with an open category for six rowers.

“Watch this space for exciting updates for next year.”