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Dave completes his Road to Ypres

17 August 2014

Rovers fan Dave Moretta wrote himself into the record books after successfully completing his epic charity challenge.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the former soldier ran from England to Belgium in just five days – an average of 73 miles a day – despite damaging his hamstring early into the event.

Dave’s journey began in Preston at 9am on Monday August 4th and he arrived at the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres three hours ahead of schedule at 9pm on Friday August 8th.

The 27-year-old received a special Ypres Coin for his efforts, as well as the honour of becoming the first person in history to run to the Menin Gate from another country!

The endurance athlete hopes to raise £20,000 for local charity A Soldier’s Journey, which was set up by double amputee Rick Clement, who Dave served alongside in Afghanistan.

To donate to the worthy cause, visit or

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