Exmouth marine runs for heroes

PUBLISHED: 14:22 19 June 2010

A FUNDRAISING champion has paid tribute to a former Royal Marine, from Exmouth, who completed a gruelling five-day march from Ilfracombe to Bulford Camp.

A FUNDRAISING champion has paid tribute to a former Royal Marine, from Exmouth, who completed a gruelling five-day march from Ilfracombe to Bulford Camp.

Ex-Marine Mark White covered 26 miles a day, carrying The Baton - a symbol of the nation's pride in the armed forces.

The Baton, made from the handle of a stretcher used in Afghanistan, was the brainchild of Honiton barber Alan Rowe, who has honoured with an MBE for his charity work.

Mr Rowe went to meet Mark just a mile from the finish line.

"I could just keep up with him," said Mr Rowe, a keen runner.

"Considering his five days of effort, his pace right up to the finish was incredible."

Mr White was joined by Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who was seriously injured in Afghanistan in September 2006.

In spite of sustaining 37 injuries, he also took part in the Project 65 March for forces veterans.

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