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Gig built by wounded veterans is handed over for World Championships

Credit: ITV West Country

A gig built by wounded veterans for the Help for Heroes charity has been handed over.

A crew from the charity will race the boat named Valiant, in the World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly this weekend.

The gig set off from Tresco and was welcomed on the main island of St Mary's, accompanied by other gigs.

The project as seen wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel building the Cornish pilot gig. Credit: ITV West Country

Royal Marine forced to pull out of record-breaking 630 mile challenge

Barry Gray, who was attempting to run 630 miles of the South West Coastal footpath in just 10 days has had to abandon his challenge Credit: ITV West Country

A Royal Marine attempting to run 630 miles of the South West Coastal footpath in just 10 days has had to abandon his challenge.

Barry Gray had aimed to cover almost two and a half marathons a day while climbing more than three times the height of Snowdon.

But three days into his epic challenge the Marine, who was part of a team that recreated Shackleton's epic 800 mile sea and mountain crossing from Elephant Island to South Georgia, has had to pull out due to injury.

Writing on his Facebook page he said:

It is with great sadness that I must tell all that I have had to end Solo 630 early with a serious knee injury, currently twice its normal size.

This event was a huge undertaking and risk of injury was always high. I stopped on 210 miles in 3.5 days having climbed 40000 ft. It has been humbling to see so much support from all walks of life, I am truly gutted.

This however was never about me it was for my cause and the Royal Marine family, I Hope everyone sees the positive from this and that although I did not complete it, the profile and awareness of the RM charity has improved significantly. My apologies and thank you to all of you, you have been amazing and I will never forget it. Baz

– Barry Gray
Regt Sgt Major Barry Gray at the start of his 10 day challenge

He had hoped to raise £10,000 for service charities, including one called The Baton.

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