An Arbroath-based marine is amongst a group of commandos who have completed the first leg of gruelling charity challenge.
Marine Tom Baker (19), the cross country ski champion for 45 Commando was one of the team which skied 1,664 kilometres from Porsangermoen, northern Norway to the southern port city of Stavanger as part of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge.
Marine Barker is one of the core six participants in the challenge which is one of the many events taking place to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of the Royal Marine Corps.
The epic challenge took them just under two months in conditions ranging from blizzards to bright sunshine and temperatures as low as -20 degrees celsius.
The marines had little chance for rest though as they were straight into the second leg of their journey, a 1,664 nautical mile sail from Stavanger to Cadiz, Spain, aboard a 67 foot yacht.
Another three legs are planned for the 1664 Challenge, with sections by bike, in canoes and on foot, with a total of 6,656 kilometres covered by the six men with another 4,200 marines taking part at various points throughout.
It is hoped that the gruelling endurance challenge will realise £500,000 for the Royal Marines’ Charitable Trust Fund.
For morde information visit www.1664challenge.co.uk with regular updates being posted at www.facebook.com/rm1664challenge as well as their Twitter feed @RM1664challenge