Forces March returns to Ilfracombe

The Forces March entrants set off from Ilfracombe during last year's event'

The Forces March entrants set off from Ilfracombe during last year's event' - Credit: Archant

Annual charity route march sets off from the seafront on the morning of Wednesday, May 22.

'Monty’s Double’ alias General Montgomery lookalike Colin Brooks-Williams inspects the troops before

'Monty’s Double’ alias General Montgomery lookalike Colin Brooks-Williams inspects the troops before they set off from Ilfracombe in last year's Forces March. - Credit: Archant

THE Forces March returns to Ilfracombe on Wednesday, May 22 for a fourth year and with a new departure point.

The annual event raises money for The Veterans’ Charity and invites walkers or runners to take part in a gruelling but rewarding recreation of a 132 mile World War Two route march.

This year the entrants will be setting off from Ilfracombe seafront at 10am and it is hoped as many people as possible will turn out to see them off and clap as they pass by.

The route takes them to Combe Martin, across Exmoor and beyond for the next five days, finally arriving at Bulford in Wiltshire.


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It is based on a legendary wartime training exercise when recruits were dropped at Ilfracombe and required to make their way back to camp.

The marchers for this event are from all walks of life, including teams and individuals from the armed services, companies, groups of friends and individuals.

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Ilfracombe Mayor Lynda Courtnadge will be joined by Town Crier Roy Goodwin to see the participants off on May 22 and then the Mayor will be joining them for the walk to Combe Martin.

Organisers would also like to hear from several volunteers willing to help by taking turns to carry a military standard along sections of the route through North Devon. It is not that heavy and there is a harness to carry it. If you can help, email events@visitilfracombe.co.uk or call the TIC on 01271 863001.

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