The Forces March is a recreation of an epic 135-mile WW2 training march from Ilfracombe, North Devon to Bulford, Wiltshire.
The 1942 march was undertaken by men who would go on to spearhead the entire D-Day liberation with the assault on Pegasus Bridge
Open to runners and walkers, military and civilians, teams and individuals, The Forces March is not a race – it’s an adventure! The event attracts people from all backgrounds and abilities who are inspired by the cause, the scenery and the challenge. Many return year after year having enjoyed the truly unique event and an incredible bond which forms between those taking part.
Starting from Ilfracombe Seafront the Forces March is one of the UK’s adventures and is held every year in aid of The Veterans Charity. The event follows the route of the legendary and arduous training march created when the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry were sent to Devon to train during World War Two and it was then decided to march the entire regiment back to Bulford, naturally the event became fiercely contested between the companies.
From Ilfracombe, through Exmoor, rural Somerset, over the Quantock Hills, across the Somerset Levels and then finally across Salisbury Plain to the finish at Bulford – a total of 134 miles – each stage will be at least 26.2 miles in length – that’s five full marathons in five days! Runners – Walkers – Hand Cyclists – Teams & Individuals all take part.
The Forces March is a unique, life-changing event in which more than 1000 people have participated raising over £500,000 to support veterans facing hardship and distress. All funds raised go to The Veterans Charity – Please support the marchers as they pass.