Soldiers Take on US Marathon to Raise Money for Erskine Veterans

A team of soldiers including members of the 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS) are in training to complete the gruelling challenge of the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in USA to raise money for charity.


Seven wounded, ill and injured soldiers from the Army Personal Recovery Unit (PRU) in Edinburgh and 10 7 SCOTS personnel will take on the 26.2 mile marathon to benefit their chosen charity of Erskine as well as the Allied Forces Foundation (AFF)*.


Otherwise known as ‘The People’s Marathon’ the event, which has inspired and motivated runners for over four decades, is taking place on Sunday 22nd October in Virginia. It is one of the largest races in the US and the world.


Before the soldiers fly out to the States they made a visit to Erskine Edinburgh on Thursday 5th October to meet some of the veterans who will benefit from all their hard work and dedication.

This is the second year 7SCOTS have participated in the Marine Corps Marathon with their friends and colleagues from both the AFF and PRU Scotland.  Last year the event proved to be both challenging and rewarding and was a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved.


Captain Brian “Spats” Baxter said: “As 7 SCOTS MCM Team Leader, in addition to a main fundraiser for another sister military charity, I know how difficult it is to continually raise funds and awareness for our veterans and their families.  This is the second time that I have taken on the MCM.  The team last year managed to complete the marathon and raised sponsorship totalling £16,600 so we are hoping to at least match this amount again this year.  We will run the whole MCM wearing our Erskine running tops and will be proud that we are giving something back to Erskine which as a Scottish charity, is a cause close to our hearts and of which we are very proud to fundraise for.  The Erskine brand name will be highly visible in Washington DC!”

Erskine Community Fundraiser for the North, Michael Parkes said: “We are delighted the soldiers who are running in the Marathon took time out of their busy schedules to visit our Edinburgh Home to meet our veterans. It is very humbling to know that some of them are taking on this challenge despite currently living with physical and mental health problems.  We are overwhelmed by their phenomenal efforts in helping Erskine continue to care for over 800 veterans and their spouses each year in our four homes.”



To assist 7 SCOTS Team for Erskine by donating funds then please donate via BT My Donate here –


*Allied Forces Foundation (AFF) was formed as a joint American-British Foundation, pledged to recognise and support the Steadfast Alliance, specifically those wounded and the families of those wounded in conflicts following 9/11.  A primary focus of AFF is to reinvigorate the spirit of comradeship and teamwork that so many wounded, ill and injured serving veterans miss when forced to return to civilian life.  The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the main events that AFF participates in annually.


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