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

    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 5 /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 Hits Second 100+ m thick section of mineralization
                       on Marathon/Benton JV Property

    05-June-2008 - Toronto, Ontario: Marathon PGM Corporation ("Marathon" or
"the Company", MAR-TSX) is pleased to announce the second phase of 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 Company's Marathon Project near
Marathon, Ontario.
    Marathon hole MB-08-10 hit mineralization 134m in thickness, on-strike
and 125m southeast of Benton hole BO-06-20, which intersected 102m of
mineralization grading 1.26 g/t PGM and gold and 0.58% copper. Exploration of
this area is a priority for drilling, as no drilling has been conducted
between these two drill holes. There is high potential to rapidly expand the
size of the resource in this area. The northern end of the Marathon deposit
has an overall higher than average grade compared to the rest of the Main Zone
to the south. Marathon has a right to mine within 200m of the BCF boundary
before the JV is completed.


    -   hole MB-08-10 intersected 0.90 g/t PGM and Au and 0.27% Cu over 134m
        (from 146-280 m), 125m along strike from Benton hole B0-06-20
        (1.26g/t PGM and Au and 0.58%Cu over 102m)
    -   hole MB-08-11 intersected 2.21 g/t PGM and Au and 0.54% Cu over 20m
        (from 126-146m)
    -   100+ m thick intercepts added millions of tonnes during the growth of
        the Marathon resource

    Phillip Walford, President and CEO noted, "Drilling results from the
Benton JV ground are turning out to be a winning situation for both companies.
These thick intersections will add tonnes quickly to the resource. Marathon
has over 117 million tonnes in resource now and the results from the JV are
adding to a world class PGM deposit."

    Results from Marathon-Benton JV Drilling
                                True                         Total PGM
    Hole       From     To   Thickness  Pd      Pt      Au    and Au    Cu
               (m)      (m)     (m)    (g/t)   (g/t)   (g/t)   (g/t)    (%)
    MB-08-09     123     129       6    0.73    0.24    0.06    1.03    0.23
    MB-08-09     141     155      14    1.70    0.38    0.15    2.22    0.33
    MB-08-10     146     280     134    0.63    0.20    0.07    0.90    0.27
     including   166     240      74    0.78    0.24    0.09    1.12    0.35
    MB-08-11     126     146      20    1.55    0.51    0.15    2.21    0.54
     including   138     144       6    3.08    1.15    0.28    4.51    0.65
    MB-08-11     170     186      16    0.75    0.22    0.13    1.10    0.27
    MB-08-12     146     208      62    0.56    0.18    0.07    0.81    0.17
    MB-08-12     170     174       4    2.62    0.62    0.19    3.42    0.49
    MB-08-12     186     208      22    0.73    0.21    0.08    1.02    0.11
    MB-08-12     188     202      14    0.90    0.26    0.09    1.25    0.23
    MB-08-13     112     118       6    1.19    0.28    0.11    1.58    0.35
    MB-08-13     152     168      16    0.72    0.23    0.07    1.02    0.33
     including   152     158       6    0.74    0.21    0.06    1.01    0.50
     including   162     168       6    1.12    0.38    0.12    1.62    0.35
    MB-08-14     122     128       6    1.04    0.34    0.12    1.51    0.20
    MB-08-14     132     156      24    1.14    0.32    0.13    1.58    0.34
    MB-08-16      38      62      24    1.08    0.33    0.16    1.57    0.39

    Current Drilling
    Marathon's drilling on the BCF property has yielded useful information
regarding the geology and extent of mineralization. In particular, Marathon's
drillholes have extended mineralization boundaries indicated by historical
holes and recent drilling completed by Benton.
    Hole MB-08-12 is located on section 6150, which represents the boundary
between Marathon and Benton's properties. Elimination of the boundary pillar
as a result of the JV enables complete extraction of resources, as the
boundary pillar would have otherwise tied up substantial tonnes. Multiple wide
intersections of mineralization in hole MB-08-12 extend the mineralization
    Marathon holes MB08-09, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14 and -16 all intersected
mineralization and have expanded the dimensions of the known mineralization.
    Drilling on the BCF property is expected to resume in July. Marathon
currently has two rigs drilling on the Marathon property extending the
high-grade W horizon and filling in drilling gaps. Drilling of the Marathon
and Benton JV properties will assist in expanding the resource.
    All of the samples were sent to Accurassay, an accredited laboratory in
Thunder Bay, Ontario, to be assayed using fire assay and other standard
    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. 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.


    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.

    On Behalf of Marathon PGM:            For more information, please
    "Phillip C. Walford"                  contact:
    Phillip C. Walford, P.Geo.            David Leng, P.Geo:
    President, Chief Executive Officer    Tel: +1.416.849.3432
    Tel: +1.416.987.0711                  Fax: +1.416.861.1925"     

    About Benton Resources Corp:
    Benton Resources Corp. ("Benton" or the "Company") is a mineral
exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BTC.
Benton's aggressive and experienced management team is focused on base and
precious group metal exploration. The Company's diverse property portfolio
includes Canadian projects which are highly prospective for gold, uranium,
platinum, palladium, nickel and copper. Benton Management believes due to the
current market conditions the Company is extremely undervalued. The Company
currently has approximately $20 million in working capital and an extremely
prospective property portfolio.

    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: Stephen Stares, 3290 Willard Ave, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, P7E 6J7, Phone (807) 475-7474, Fax (807) 475-7200,; 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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