An Arbroath-based commando has swapped the icy wastes of Norway for the open seas in the latest part of a fund-raising challenge.
Marine Tom Barker (19) is the youngest member of the core group of six Royal Marines who are in the midst of the epic Royal Marines 1664 Challenge which aims to raise £500,000 for the Royal Marines’ Charitable Trust as part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the corps.
Marine Barker, who is stationed at RM Condor, has just completed the 1,664 km cross-country skiing leg of the challenge which culminated in the Norwegian port of Stavanger.
Bolstered with fresh reinforcements the group have set sail on the 67ft yacht ‘HMSTC Endeavour’, bound for Cadiz, Spain, some 1,664 nautical miles away.
Marine Barker said: “After more than two months in Norway we have come to know the country, and its people, very well so it is sad to be leaving.
“But the ski phase taught us many important lessons as we had to deal with every eventuality, as a small team, often miles from civilisation.
“This was all relevant as we are going to be in a yacht, far from shore, and teamwork will be vital amongst our fairly novice crew.”
Each leg is measured at 1,664km, and from Cadiz the marines will switch to bicycles, then canoes before finally running in the last stretch to London.
More information about the challenge can be found at www.1664challenge.co.uk with regular updates being posted at www.facebook.com/rm1664challenge as well as their Twitter feed @RM1664challenge