Royal Marine Charity runner Baz Gray exceeds 10k target on day one

BIDEFORD, DEVON – Royal Marine Regimental Sergeant Major Baz Gray is enduring a gruelling new challenge named ‘Solo 630’ which is raising money for Royal Marines charities and increasing awareness about the armed forces charity The Baton, of which Baz is a trustee, and the charity that maintains the route, the South West Coast Path Association.

His aim is to break the world record for completing the 630-mile South West Coast Path by crossing the finish line in under 10 days and you can play a part in the attempt by joining Baz on the route. He began his epic journey in Minehead on Monday 25th April and aims to finish in Poole, Dorset on May 5th. By that time Baz will have run the equivalent of 26 marathons.

Today he passed through Barnstaple, Instow and Appledore on his way to the toughest leg of the journey along the Hartland coastal path.

He said: “I was overwhelmed by the support we’ve already received and am pleased to tell you we’ve already exceeded our target of £10,000 via our Just Giving page. I would like to encourage people to come and join me any time from six in the morning until early evening when I finish my 63 miles for the day. The hospitality I’ve received along the way so far has been second to none, particularly at the Saunton Sands Hotel.”

Baz is running with a support team who keep an eye on his progress and make sure he’s got plenty of water and first aid is on hand for any eventualities. Being one of only two men who’ve successfully re-enacted Shackleton’s heroic 820 mile voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia, Baz is very optimistic of his chances to break the record.

It will be the last of Baz’s fundraising endurance challenges, as he leaves the Royal Marines later this year after 26 years.

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