Runcorn soldier hailed as perfect role model

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

SUPER fit soldiers are going under cover on a special mission.

They are modelling the latest stretch men’s trunks after putting the garments to the test in combat and will be stripping down to their undies in Liverpool city centre at 1pm on Saturday.

Territorial reservist Mike Delaney from Runcorn made his debut at a fashion show in St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

Mike, aged 23, of the 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment, who works in finance for B&Q, said: “I didn’t know what to expect.

“It was quite surreal. I enjoyed it.”

He will be in the fashion shoot beside his brother, Joe, aged 22, who works for the Bank of America, and Kingsley Ngenda, aged 23, a martial arts expert.

They all live in Higher Runcorn, train at the town’s Body Effects gym and have formed Cheshire Aesthetics, to promote healthy lifestyles.

Mike, who was bed bound with reactive arthritis when he was 17, said: “We all have the same physiques and backgrounds and want to have a bit of fun.

“I still have an eye problem linked with my immune system which spurs me to stay healthy.

“We want to do lighthearted things like press ups in public.”

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Alan Hayes, of Urban Active Designs, said: “These lads are perfect specimens. They eat good food, don’t drink or smoke.

“They are perfect role models.

“These military lads are super fit and really disciplined.

“We use the army to test our products.

“We are promoting the ‘best of British’ and have had fashion houses in China wanting to photo shoot these lads.”

The lads will be encouraging children to get fit through Sport 4 Life, a charity set up by the fashion firm.

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