Land-ski triumph for Budleigh and Exmouth

A Budleigh Salterton dad-of-two has successfully completed a challenge to land-ski the length of the country, raising funds for injured troops.

Longboat Caf� owner Brent Hushon, 48, this week reached Lands Ends after he and four teammates roller-skied more than 1,000 miles from John O’ Groats.

The ex-Royal Marine visited service towns and cities along the route while raising funds for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust and highlighting the Baton charity.

Mr Hushon said the challenge had been tough and pushed the team to the extreme.

He said the group was proud of its achievements, raising awareness of the two charities and much-needed funds.


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Mr Hushon said: “I feel privileged and proud to have been apart of an event that did a great job raising the awareness of our injured service personnel.

“It was an extremely hard challenge and one that tested the body and mind, but also extremely enjoyable.

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“I would like to thank everyone who gave a donation and those who gave their support to the event.

“The comments of support sent to us while roller skiing cheered us up no end.

“We roller-skied over 1,000 miles, the length of the country, visiting Royal Marine towns and cities on our way.

“The weather was kind to us. Apart from some poor weather conditions going over the Cairngorms, it stayed dry throughout, finishing with some high summer temperatures towards the end.”

Mr Hushon, who left active service five years ago, set off in mid-September with Colour Sergeant Steve Prosser, of Exmouth, First Warrant Officer Ginge Booth, of Exmouth, Second Warrant Officer Baz Gray, of Plymstock and Sergeant Gary Richardson.

During the 10-day challenge, the group carried the Baton – crafted from the handle of a stretcher used in battle to carry the wounded serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The team arrived at Lands End at 4pm on September 30, where they were met by the Royal Marines Corps RSM W01 Ally McGill – which the team said was ‘huge honour’ - their friends and families.

? For more information about the challenge visit: www.RMRS1664.co.uk, to donate go to www.justgiving.com/RMRS1664 at the box outside the Longboat Caf�.

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