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Gabrielle Pickard Whitehead

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Marple Chris Price Frontline Walks The Rugby Relics

Marple’s ex-serviceman Chris Price and his three former colleagues are back from the battlefields in France and Belgium, having successfully completed the last of five centennial Frontline Walks to mark the WWI years.

Chris Price together with his former colleagues Mike Connaughton, Bris Lightowler and Chris Grice, joined of a team of 13 ex-servicemen, including Chris’ 78-year-old father, Derek Price, in the last of the centennial Frontline Walks. 

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Known as ‘The Rugby Relics’, the team of ex-military veterans and their family and friends are also former rugby players. The determined crew strode along the Western Front in France and Belgium in the 100km sponsored Frontline Walk past all the major battlefields of WWI. 

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, when many lives were tragically lost. This ambitious centennial Frontline Walk started on October 4th at the massive Lochnagar Crater in the Somme department of Northern France, the scene of an underground explosion that began the Somme offensive and left a cavernous crater eternally engraved on the landscape. 

Passing a number of old WWI Western Front battlefields and their War Grave Commission cemeteries, where wreaths are laid in memory of those who lost their lives, the walk ended two days later for the Ceremony of the Last Post at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. 

Chris shared the incredible experience of completing the last of the centennial Frontline Walks with the Marple Review.

“The weather was great and excellent walking conditions for us with no injuries or issues.  All of the 13-man team completed the walk including my own dad Derek Price , 78 and Keith Sherer , 77,” Chris commented. 

The weather might have been beautiful in France and Belgium this October, but the walk was still incredibly challenging. 

“It was physically demanding, and very emotional visiting the battlefields and cemeteries of WW1 but hugely rewarding when we crossed the finish line at the Menin Gate in Ypres,” said Chris. 

The team of ex-servicemen managed to raise thousands of pounds for the ABF, the Soldiers Charity.

“Initially we set ourselves a target of £16,500 and we were unsure if we would reach that.  However, not only did we reach it, but we smashed it and we raised over £23,000 with money still coming in.  A brilliant amount and we are so grateful to the many people who sponsored us.  

“This money will help soldiers and their families who have been injured or killed through conflict and provide the support they so richly deserve,” said Chris Price.

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Formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund, the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the UK’s national charity of the British Army, dedicated to providing financial and practical support to veterans, soldiers and their families in times of need. 

You can still make donations and help this gritty team of ex-servicemen and their friends and family raise more money for this fantastic cause at The Rugby Relics JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/RugbyRelics