Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Ilfracombe endurance event salutes WW2 route march

14:39 26 May 2014

Charity walk pays homage to legendary war training exercise.

WALKERS and runners set off from Ilfracombe on Wednesday on an endurance event organised to recreate a famous World War Two route march.

Around two dozen entrants headed out along the seafront on the first leg of a 139-mile five-day trek across Exmoor, to Bulford in Wiltshire.

They were joined by newly-appointed mayor George Squires, as well as youngsters from Ilfracombe Army Cadets, who marched as far as Combe Martin.

The fifth annual Forces March paid homage to a legendary march undertaken by the men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in August 1942.

The whole regiment was sent to Devon for two months of cliff climbing and other strenuous training, before being ordered to march back to camp in Bulford.

Today, the march has become one of the UK’s top endurance events, offering participants the chance to take on five marathons in five days in aid of The Veterans’ Charity.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Plans are going on show tomorrow (Saturday) for new holiday units at Knapp House in Northam.

Read more
15:53

Outline plans show access road to new development will run through ‘enhanced’ play area

Read more
16:35

Can you top Kevin’s Christmas lights spectacular?

Read more
11:00

Motions to pause reviews which could jeopardise services at North Devon District Hospital and to ensure fair funding for services were unanimously passed at County Hall on Thursday.

Read more
09:16

The singer-songwriter wrote a touching tribute to Mr Collins, who died on Saturday

Read more

Bideford’s brand new Starbucks coffee shop is opening at Atlantic Park in Clovelly Road on Monday.

Read more

This year New Year’s Eve revellers in Bideford can expect to celebrate music through the decades on December 31.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:09

Readers have been expressing both joy and frustration at Roundswell plans which include a new Costa Coffee, Aldi and Marston’s pub.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:57

The brand new store in Clovelly Road has created 40 new jobs in Bideford.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:07

Devon County Council announced that both lanes of the Kenwith Viaduct will reopen today (Thursday)

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications