The Falklands Family Challenge was created by The Veterans Charity - Credit: Getty
The Falklands Family Challenge was created by The Veterans Charity - Credit: Getty

Falklands Family Challenge North Devon 'yomp' to mark 40th anniversary

Joseph Bulmer

A charity ‘yomp’ to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War and to honour those who fell on both sides is being held in North Devon this June.

The Falklands Family Challenge has been created by The Veterans Charity and invites people of all ages to join the fundraising 10-mile walk from Instow to RMB Chivenor on Sunday, June 19, Father’s Day.

It will mark the end of the conflict which ran from April 2 to June 14, 1982 after Argentina invaded British territory in The Falkland Islands and South Georgia, which saw a task force despatched from the UK to stop them.

The charity challenge will also pay tribute to an epic Falklands ‘yomp’ (Royal Marines slang for a march), which saw a combined force of the Parachute Regiment and commando support units hike 54 miles from Port Stanley to Goose Green in minus 20 degree temperatures.

They went on to win the famous Battle of Goose Green against a larger number of Argentinian forces.

The Falklands Family Challenge will travel along the Tarka Trail from Instow to Chivenor, with refreshment and support checkpoints enroute, going past Fremington Quay, The Strand in Barnstaple and Heanton Court.

The Veterans Charity is hoping as many people as possible will take part, with a minimum of 255 in recognition of the number of British troops who died during the 74-day conflict, which also claimed the lives of 649 Argentine soldiers and three islanders.

Entry is £20 per person, with all profits going towards the charity’s work of helping and supporting veterans who have fallen on hard times.

Each entrant will be awarded a commemorative medal for taking part and the 10-mile route will be signposted with marshals on hand to offer directions and support.

Danny Greeno, CEO of the charity, said they felt it was important to mark the anniversary of the conflict in some way.

He said: “We wanted to honour those who died in the war, but also those who survived, many of whom came home with terrible injuries or what we now recognise as post-traumatic stress disorder.

“To this day as a charity we are supporting service personnel still affected by that war. We do hope as many people as possible will want to join us for a Father’s Day family day out and to honour all those who lost their lives.”

The Falklands Family Challenge sets off at 10am on June 19 from Instow. People will need to make their own way back, but the Stagecoach 21a service runs between Ilfracombe and Appledore on Sundays, stopping at Chivenor and Instow.

To find out more or to sign up, go to www.veteranscharity.org.uk/falklands