Last annual run in memory of marine

David Marsh, who died in Afghanistan.
David Marsh, who died in Afghanistan.
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They’ll be on their marks for the final time at an annual charity run to raise funds in memory of a marine who gave his life for his country.

The Billy The Kid Dash was set up in 2008 to raise funds for the Royal Marine Benevolent Fund following the death of Thurgoland marine David Marsh, who lost his life aged 23 in Afghanistan.

To date those taking part in the three-and-a-half mile event have raised around £57,000 in his memory, and this year organisers are hoping to take the total to between £70,000 and £80,000.

Nathan Woodhams, aged 28, is one of the organisers and had been friends with David since they met at playgroup as toddlers.

He said: “We were going to run the event for five years and this is the sixth, so we will bringing it to a close, but we want to go out on a high and raise as much as we can.”

The run takes place on Sunday, July 7, at 10.30am from The Bridge Inn, Thurgoland.

Participants are asked to run, walk or even crawl around the course.

Nathan said: “It’s always a great event and lots of people turn up.

“David’s wife Claire and daughter Holly come over from Ireland.

“The whole community still misses David and that’s reflected in the turnout. Everyone is welcome to come along.”

The run follows a route David used to train on as he prepared to join the marines.

There is no charge to take part but donations are welcomed.

Afterwards there will be entertainment from different bands and artists, and up to 1,000 people are expected to go along.

David died in March 2008 while on patrol in Helmand Province, after his vehicle was caught in a blast.

Log on to www.billythekiddash.co.uk for more information about the run, or log on to www.justgiving.com/billythekid to make a donation.