Paul’s capital task for forces charities

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A FORMER Arbroath Marine will be pounding the streets of London during Remembrance weekend to raise vital funds for forces charities.

Paul Burgess (48), a former member of 45 Commando, will be taking part in the 16-mile, 640-yard speed march across the capital along with other former commandos.

The distance of the challenge was chosen as it was in 1664 that the Royal Marines was founded.

Paul and the other marines start their challenge next Saturday (November 10) in Downing Street and they will be waved off by Prime Minister David Cameron and wife, Samantha, while the Military Wives Choir perform.

As they make their way around the capital’s pavements they will pass iconic landmarks and run four laps on the track at the Olympic Stadium.

This is all whilst carrying kit and weapons weighing over 40 lbs.

Paul has undertaken punishing training including running and cross training to compete in the challenge.

Mark Scoular, a former Royal Marine and founder of Commando 999, one of the charities to benefit said: “The march provides an opportunity to raise vital funds for Commando 999 and The Royal Marines Association, celebrate the Royal Marines’ work of the past 350 years and make the public aware of the brilliant work they do.”