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Paul crosses £6,000 mark raised for The Royal Marines Charity


WO2 Paul Lawton at 40 Commando has served in the Royal Marines for nearly 18 years. Following his most recent fundraising efforts, Paul has now crossed the £6,000 mark for funds he’s raised for The Royal Marines Charity.

His most recent challenge, ‘Paul’s Gump II’ saw him take on the South West Coastal Path. The inspiration to do this came from a previous attempt 18 months earlier, where Paul completed a 70-mile run.

For the second iteration of Paul’s Gump, he started at Studland beach on April 6th, with Paul beginning to run along the South West footpath with no other thoughts than just how far he could get.


The major difference for Paul’s second ‘Gump’ was to involve more people in joining him, with someone different running each leg with him, whilst inspiring his wife Beth, daughter Ocean and other kids to run at different stages.

Running self-sufficient with designated refuelling stops along the way, Paul ran for 71 miles in horrendous weather conditions, a truly hoofing effort!

I would like to thank my Wife Bethany, daughter Ocean and all my family and friends who helped make this happen. To the runners, PO Dave Brown, CPO Paul Holmes, Cpl AJ Orchard, CSgt Lee Revell RM Sean Kelly, Simon Chainey and Kev Ross. A big thank you to all those from The Foundry Arms (Moz and Tracey Tombs) who always support The Royal Marines Charity and my challenges I take on.


Paul’s highlight of the run the support offered by his friends and family throughout the event, especially as he crossed the Swanage promenade when Paul was joined by his wife & 3-year old daughter.

“I have just gone over the £6000 Mark raised for the RMC since I started 3 years ago and will continue to get to my first marker of £10,000.” “The work we do to raise money is nothing compared to the sacrifices those make who need our help in times of need. “


So far from ‘Paul’s Gump II’, he has managed to raise over £2,000 in just over 6 days – smashing his £1000 target. If you would like to support Paul, please find his JustGiving page here.

All at The Royal Marines Charity would like to thank Paul for his hoofing support to the charity, enabling us to support Royal Marines and their families through life.