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Royal Marine 1664 team run to Broughty

The Royal Marine 1664 Challenge has seen a core groups of six Royal Marines skiing, kayaking, running and sailing to celebrate 350 years of the elite Corps. Joined by 45 Commando marines from RM Condor the group will run to Broughty Ferry en route to Rosyth, Edinburgh and finally London.

The Royal Marine 1664 Challenge has seen a core groups of six Royal Marines skiing, kayaking, running and sailing to celebrate 350 years of the elite Corps. Joined by 45 Commando marines from RM Condor the group will run to Broughty Ferry en route to Rosyth, Edinburgh and finally London.

Royal Marines from 45 Commando Group joined six hardy members of an extreme team to run the final leg of the 1664 Challenge on Wednesday.

Running from RM Condor to Broughty Ferry the group start the final phase of a six month gruelling physical challenge.

The Challenge has been organised to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the creation of the Corps of Royal Marines and will be raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Broken down into five tough stages the team of marines were chosen to ski through harsh Norwegian conditions in February, sail 1,664 mile around Northern Europe, cycle through Europe and across the Pyrenees, kayak the Channel and run around the UK, completing over 4,000 miles in total.

Now in it’s final phase the team and their supporters kicked off the final phase, running to Broughty Ferry.

Royal Marines from RM Condor paraded alongside the team and will join them as they make their way down the coast passing on the baton to Royal Marines Reserves in Edinburgh.

Marine Tom Barker, the youngest member of the team at 19 years old was delighted when he was picked for the core team: “My boss offered me the chance to see if I could get a place. I was pretty excited to get on the team and quite nervous considering the scale of the challenge.”

Regarding his Unit’s involvement Lieutenant Colonel DJ Cheesman MBE RM, Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group, said: “The determination of the six individuals who form the 1664 Challenge’s Core Team to complete this remarkable feat is extraordinary and I am delighted that the mighty Four-Five can play their part in supporting them through to the next leg of their journey. The challenge is raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”

 

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