Mark faces treble trek for Armed Forces

PUBLISHED: 14:08 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:08 22 May 2013

Alan Rowe MBE and Mark White with The Baton

Alan Rowe MBE and Mark White with The Baton

A former Royal Marine from Exmouth is once again pushing himself to the limit to raise money for forces charities – and this year is taking on more than ever before.

Mark White, 51, of Pines Road, is taking on three separate events, the first of which is the Forces March 2013, which sees entrants walking or running 133 miles in five days.

Mark, who is taking on the march for the fourth time, set off yesterday, and, as in previous years, he is carrying The Baton, a symbolic object made from a stretcher handle used in Afghanistan to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the Armed Forces.

Mark’s second event will be in June, when he takes part in his third Baton Run of Remembrance, a 106-mile overnight run from RAF Brize Norton to The National Memorial Arboretum at Lichfield, as part of a team of runners carrying The Baton in relay.

Then, in August, Mark will be taking The Baton take on a challenge new to him - Challenge X.

This consists of a 10km trail run and 25km mountain bike ride over Dartmoor, followed the day after by the 15km Royal Marine Commando Endurance Course on Woodbury Common, which Mark will be attempting for the first time since 1992.

Mark feels this new challenge could prove to be his toughest test.

He said: “I was looking for a third event to do, and I thought I’d give it a go.

“I think it will be the hardest. The Forces March is a mental challenge as well as a physical one, but you can do it at your own pace, whereas Challenge X is condensed into quite a short period.”

Mark says he keeps returning to take on more challenges as: “Raising money for charity and awareness of The Baton keeps me coming back.”

Mark added that he would like to thank Xcel Milk, who are supplying him this year with recovery drinks.

Mark is doing the Forces March to raise money for the Veterans Charity. To sponsor him, visit www.justgiving.com/knocker-white4.

To make a donation to The Baton, visit http://www.bmycharity.com/charities/thebaton.


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