Plymouth amputee marine Mark Ormrod to start USA trek
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.