Honiton’s Alan Rowe takes on Rock Run in Gibraltar

PUBLISHED: 12:36 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:25 31 May 2016

Alan Rowe and Ernest on the Gibraltar Rock Run.

Alan Rowe and Ernest on the Gibraltar Rock Run.


Alan Rowe MBE and his wife, Pauline, made the week-long trip last month.

Alan Rowe shows off the baton in Gibraltar.Alan Rowe shows off the baton in Gibraltar.

The founder of Honiton-based military charity The Baton recently took part in a famous run in Gibraltar – and rubbed shoulders with the country’s dignitaries.

Alan Rowe MBE and his wife, Pauline, took the week-long trip last month.

Mr Rowe teamed up with local runner Ernest Garcia to take part in the infamous Rock Run in Gibraltar. The testing run saw the pair reach heights of 1,300 feet.

With a baton in his hand, Mr Rowe started his run at 1,000 feet after being given a start by Gibraltar’s governor, Ed Davis, and other senior officers outside Convent House, Mr Davis’s residence.

Mr Rowe first met Mr Davis at the Inaugural Gibraltar Dinner, which was held in the Houses of Parliament a few years ago.

Mr Rowe was invited as the guest speaker by Robin Ashby, director general of the UK Defence Forum, to talk about The Baton’s cause.

Following the completion of the Rock Race, Mr Rowe was invited to Convent House to experience the famous ceremony of guard mounting.

He also got to see the Keys of Gibraltar.

Speaking after his trip, Mr Rowe said: “This and future visits will be to promote the Royal Gibraltar Regiment’s proud history, as well as the stoic character of the people of Gibraltar, who retain a pride in being part of Great Britain that we should honour and could learn from.”

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