Plymouth amputee marine Mark Ormrod to start USA trek

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A Royal Marine who lost both legs and an arm in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan has joined a trek across America on artificial legs.

Mark Ormrod, from Plymouth in Devon, is part of a five-man team taking part in the eight-week Gumpathon.

The 26-year-old was injured in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 2007.

The team will cover up to 23 miles a day, while Marine Ormrod has a target of a minimum of one mile.

Marine Ormrod was the first triple amputee of the war in Afghanistan.

'Life goes on'

He has learned to walk again on prosthetic limbs.

He said: "Two years ago I couldn't even walk 10m without needing to sit down.

"But the more I progressed the fitter I got.

"It's like anything else, you set yourself goals and it gave me a focus."

He added: "I hope I can show people that after a tragedy life goes on."

The charity run, which started from New York, is called the Gumpathon after a journey by film character Forrest Gump.

Charities to benefit include Help for Heroes.

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