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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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Hundreds expected to march in support of jailed former Royal Marine

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in London's Parliament Square today for a rally in support of a former Royal Marine from Taunton who was jailed for killing a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman - also known as Marine A - was jailed for life after being convicted of murdering the wounded Afghan captive in September 2011. The MoD has banned military men and women from attending the rally as it has been labelled as a political protest.

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Rally organiser: 'MoD's response is very disappointing'

A former marine, who helped organise tomorrow's rally for Alexander Blackman, says the MoD's response is "very, very disappointing".

John Davies says he's not surprised that military personnel will face disciplinary action if they show support for the Plymouth-based Royal Marine jailed for murdering an Afghan insurgent.

He claims 1400 people are expected to attend tomorrows march:

Top lawyer helping Royal Marine jailed for Taliban killing

Former Sergeant Alexander Blackman.

One of Britain's top defence lawyers has joined a campaign to free a Royal Marine convicted and jailed for life for the murder of a Taliban gunman.

Sgt Alexander Blackman from Plymouth shot the Afghan fighter, who'd already been wounded by fire from an Apache helicopter.

Jonathan Goldberg QC hopes to take the case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, backed by MPs, Sgt Blackman's former commanding officer, and the thriller writer Frederick Forsyth.

"The point that cries out to us straightaway is that the manslaughter alternative which is inherent whenever a murder charge is brought, was never raised to any of the previous tribunals. And we think the facts called out for it."

– Jonathan Goldberg QC, defence barrister

Sgt Blackman's wife has said she will not give up the fight to bring her husband home.

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