Mark White, former Royal Marine who served for 22 years, will be proudly carrying the Baton when he takes on Challenge-X this August. The Baton, founded by Alan Rowe MBE, has been travelling the globe since 2009 and is intended to raise awareness of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.
Challenge-X is raising money to help injured Royal Marines and as such it seems fitting that Mark will be carrying with him the Baton, which was crafted from the handle of a stretcher used in Afghanistan to carry the wounded.
Since returning from Helmand Province it has been on an amazing journey having been strapped to the mast of a boat for the 800 mile journey across the Southern Ocean on one of the greatest survival events in history, the Shackleton Epic and carried into the Royal Albert Hall with the Book of Remembrance at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.
While carrying the Baton during Challenge-X Mark will be faced with a tough 50km course, designed by former Royal Marine and record-breaking Ironman Chris Ray. On day one he will tackle a 10km trail run and 25km mountain bike course over the rugged trails of Dartmoor, then on day two he will be faced with 15km over the Royal Marines Endurance Course which he is no stranger to from his Commando training.
Mark regularly takes part in endurance events while raising money for Armed Forces charities; in 2013 alone he will be completing The Forces March and doing 5 marathons in 5 days before taking on Challenge-X.
Challenge-X entries are open now at www.challenge-x.org.