Benton Resources Corp ("Benton") advised of latest drill results from Marathon's drill program on the BCF Property



    THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton") has
been notified by Marathon PGM Corporation ("Marathon") of the latest drill
results from the BCF Property located north of Marathon, Ontario. Marathon is
currently earning into the BCF Property under an option and joint venture
agreement with Benton and is operator of the project. The following is
Marathon's quoted press release:

    
             "Marathon Intersects 1.05g/t PGM and Au and 0.30% Cu
                         over 32m on BCF JV Property
    

    August 27, 2008 - Toronto, Ontario: Marathon PGM Corporation ("Marathon"
or "the Company", MAR-TSX) is pleased to announce the newest drilling results
from the Bamoos-Claw Lake-Four Dams ("BCF") Property, which is being explored
under an option and joint venture agreement with Benton Resources (TSX.v:BTC).
The BCF property adjoins the northern margin of the Company's Marathon Project
north of Marathon, Ontario.

    
    Highlights:

    -   hole MB-08-19 intersected 32m grading 1.05g/t PGM and Au and 0.30% Cu
    -   hole MB-08-23 intersected 28m grading 0.57g/t PGM and Au and 0.23% Cu
    -   downdip continuity of mineralization established
    -   new resource/reserve estimation is nearing completion
    

    Marathon holes MB-08-19 and -23 are down dip from the Main Zone and
located 75 m south and along strike from the 100m intersection found in hole
MB-08-10. Infill drilling on the BCF property is a high priority for Marathon,
as mineralization on the northern end of the Marathon deposit will provide
additional tonnes to the upcoming reserve. This work is important for the
Marathon Feasibility Study, as Marathon has the right to mine up to 200 meters
into the BCF property prior to the JV being completed.
    "These results demonstrate how extensive mineralization is, well beyond
the current resource pitshell," said David Good, VP of Exploration.
"Occurrences of mineralization are found for several kilometres along strike
to the northwest, which will provide excellent future exploration potential."

    
    Results from Marathon-Benton JV Drilling
    ----------------------------------------
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                              True                             Total
               From    To   Thickness   Pd      Pt      Au    PGM and    Cu
    Hole        (m)    (m)     (m)     (g/t)   (g/t)   (g/t)  Au (g/t)   (%)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-18    200    206      6      0.43    0.18    0.07     0.68    0.16
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-19    170    178      8      0.73    0.27    0.07     1.07    0.14
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-19    228    238     10      0.66    0.21    0.06     0.93    0.33
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-19    242    250      8      1.05    0.29    0.10     1.44    0.29
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-19    266    270      4      0.36    0.12    0.11     0.59    0.19
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-19    276    308     32      0.73    0.24    0.08     1.05    0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-20    195    199      4      0.34    0.09    0.09     0.52    0.18
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-20    210    216      6      0.31    0.15    0.04     0.50    0.17
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-22    224    234     10      0.77    0.20    0.08     1.04    0.08
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-23    273    301     28      0.39    0.13    0.05     0.57    0.23
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-23    297    301      4      0.55    0.29    0.04     0.89    0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    MB-08-23    307    311      4      0.91    0.09    0.03     1.03    0.56
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    (1) Holes MB-08-17 and -21 intersected no significant values.
    

    Please click on http://www.marathonpgm.com/newsmaps/2008-39.jpg to view a
drill map.

    Current Drilling

    Marathon's drilling and trenching programs for 2008 on the BCF property
will provide critical information for both furthering exploration and mine
planning. Details of geology assist and guide exploration, while the
mineralized boundaries will be used for mine development and planning.
    Collaborating in exploration is of mutual benefit to Marathon and Benton.
Information being shared between geologists is assisting prospecting further
along strike, as well as adding to the knowledge base. Marathon's holes have
enlarged the boundaries of mineralization, assisted by historical holes
drilled by Fleck and Anaconda as well as recent drilling by Benton.
    Drilling intersected mineralization that is characteristic of the
Marathon deposit. Continuity of mineralization was confirmed on and across
section, as well as down-dip. Marathon's drilling on the BCF property is
expected to resume in 2009, where the focus will be expanding the resource
along strike to the northwest.
    All of the samples were sent to Accurassay, an accredited laboratory in
Thunder Bay, Ontario, to be assayed using fire assay and other standard
techniques.
    David Good, P.Geo., VP of Exploration is Marathon's Qualified Person in
compliance with National Instrument 43-101 with respect to this release. Dr.
Good has reviewed the contents for accuracy and has approved this press
release on behalf of Marathon.

    About Marathon PGM Corporation:

    Marathon is in the process of completing a definitive feasibility study
on the Marathon PGM-Cu deposit, which is on track for completion in September.
Marathon also has development and exploration stage properties in southeastern
Manitoba and western Newfoundland and Labrador. Marathon's management plans to
build on this focus through the advancement of its properties, focusing on
resource development and by examining other strategic PGM and base metal
opportunities within Canada.
    Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information: Except for
statements of historical fact relating to the Company, certain information
contained herein constitutes "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking
statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan," "expect,"
"project," "intend," "believe," "anticipate" and other similar words, or
statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur.
Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of
management at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of
risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or
results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking
statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those
identified and reported in Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year
ended December 31, 2007. Circumstances or management's estimates or opinions
could change, and management disclaims any obligation to revise or update
forward-looking statements, whether for new information, future events or
otherwise. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements."

    Reliance on Marathon PGM and Forward-Looking Statements

    The information contained in this press release is a verbatim extract of
the press release issued by Marathon PGM Corporation. Although Benton believes
the information included in the press release to be generally reliable, the
data has not been independently verified and Benton does not assume any
liability for the accuracy or completeness of such information. Furthermore,
as noted above in the verbatim extract, the press release may contain
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.
Such information includes the statements contained in the verbatim extract
regarding Marathon PGM's exploration and drilling plans, plans to update the
mineral resource and the estimation of mineral resources and are subject to
risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements to be materially different from any future
results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking information. The risks include those that are set out above in
the verbatim extract and those contained in public documents of Marathon PGM
filed on SEDAR as well as the risks set out in Benton's public documents
including its management information circular and quarterly and annual
management's discussion and analysis. There is no assurance that the
forward-looking information contained in the press release will prove to be
accurate. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the
forward-looking information.
    All of the information contained in the press release is qualified by
this cautionary statement.




For further information:

For further information: contact Stephen Stares, 3290 Willard Ave,
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6J7, Phone (807) 475-7474, Fax (807) 475-7200,
www.bentonresources.ca; Investor relations: First Canadian Capital Corp.,
Daniel Boase, Phone (416) 742-5600, Toll Free: 1-866-580-8891; In U.S.A: The
Windward Agency, Kelly Boatright, Phone (704) 588-8600

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