Royal Marines from Arbroath’s 45 Commando Group raced into Edinburgh with six hardy members of an extreme marine team in the final phase of a challenge on Saturday.
The 1664 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 (RMCTF).
Broken down into five tough phases a team of six were chosen to ski 1,664 km through harsh Norweigan conditions in February, sail 1,664 nautical miles south around Northern Europe to Gibralter, cycle 1,664 km through Europe, kayak for 30 hours across the Channel and run 1664 km through the UK, completing over 4,000 miles in total.
Marines from 45 Commando joined the team last Wednesday to run from RM Condor through Broughty Ferry and down the east coast to hand over the 1664 baton at the one o’clock gun in Edinburgh Castle.
Representing Arbroath based 45 Commando, where he will return after the challenge ends, is Marine Tom Barker, he said: “The whole Challenge has been really enjoyable and arriving into Edinburgh we were cheered on by the crowd which was pretty amazing.
“We can see the finish line in London but our key aim now is to raise as much money as we can for the RMCTF.”
Regarding his Unit’s involvement in the challenge Lieutenant Colonel DJ Cheesman MBE RM, Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group, said: “The determination of the six individuals who form the 1664 Challenge’s Corps team to complete this remarkable feat is extraordinary and I am delighted that the mighty Four-Five have played their part in supporting them through a leg of their journey.”
Check out the website for a video of 45 in Edinburgh.