Charity hikers set off on Forces March

Walkers and runners leave Ilfracombe for 132 mile ‘stroll’ to Wiltshire.

INTREPID walkers and runners set off from Ilfracombe on Wednesday for a 132-mile ‘route march’ to Wiltshire.

They were taking part in The Forces March, a charity recreation of a wartime exercise that saw recruits dropped off in North Devon and told to make their way back to Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain.

Now in its third year, the event will once again be working to raise money for The Veterans’ Charity.

Before setting off, the ‘troops’ were inspected by ‘Monty’s Double’ alias General Montgomery lookalike Colin Brooks-Williams.

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Ilfracombe Mayor, Councillor Lynda Courtnadge and Town Crier Roy Goodwin were also on hand to see them off.

Their five day hike took them along the coast to Combe Martin, through Exmoor, over the Quantock Hills and through Somerset.

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