FIVE marathons in five days – that s the challenge being laid down to teams brave enough to take part in a new charity event next year. The Forces March, organised by military charity Project 65, will raise funds for wounded armed forces personnel and be

FIVE marathons in five days - that's the challenge being laid down to teams brave enough to take part in a new charity event next year.

The Forces March, organised by military charity Project 65, will raise funds for wounded armed forces personnel and bereaved families.

Teams from the armed forces, fire service, police forces, corporate teams, civilians and disabled people are being invited to take part in the event, taking place from Thursday, May 27 until Monday, May 31.

Competitors will run or walk the 131 miles from Capstone, Ilfracombe, to Bulford Camp in Wiltshire with nightly stops along the way.

The event will take them through some of the UK's most stunning scenery over Exmoor, the Quantocks, Bridgwater, Somerton and on to Bulford.

Teams will be awarded points for completing sections of the route and the team with the most points will win the Mark Hale Trophy, named after Capt Mark Hale of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles Regiment, who was killed while trying to save the life of another soldier in Afghanistan in August.

Danny Greeno, chairman of Project 65 and formerly of Torrington, said: "We are extremely excited about the event and there is already huge interest.

"The route takes in some of the UK's most spectacular scenery and if people really want to help raise money for our wounded heroes, but are a little daunted by the prospect of covering 131 miles, they are welcome to just complete one or two stages of the march."

Money raised by Project 65 will go to The Royal British Legion, BLESMA, St Dunstan's, RAF Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes.

Entry details and additional information can be found at www.forcesmarch.org.uk