Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Marines to pass through Barnstaple on final leg of gruelling 1664 challenge

08:00 11 June 2014

Marines pass through Exmouth as part of their 1664 challenge last month.

Marines pass through Exmouth as part of their 1664 challenge last month.

Archant

Town to roll out the red carpet to runners on historic quest to mark 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

NORTH Devon will be welcoming Royal Marines taking part in the final chapter of a gruelling challenge to mark the corps’ 350th anniversary next week.

Troops taking part in the running leg of the five-month-long Royal Marines 1664 Challenge are expected to arrive in Barnstaple Square at around 4pm on Tuesday, June 17.

The challenge set off from the Arctic Circle in February and is broken into five phases – ski, sail, cycle, canoe and run – to mark the birth of the Royal Marines in 1664.

On Monday, the team of six serving marines – supported by runners from Chivenor-based 24 Commando Regiment – will be heading from Bude to Hartland.

On Tuesday, the group will set off from Torrington at 9am, before passing through Bideford at 11am and arriving in Barnstaple at around 3.30pm.

There will be entertainment in the Square from 3.30pm to 5.15pm, including a performance by the Military Wives Choir and the Royal Marine Corps of Drums at 4.30pm.

Collections will be made for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

On Wednesday at 9am, the team, lead by a piper, will set off for Simonsbath, supported by marines from Commando Logistics Regiment, also based at Chivenor.

The runners will be covering a total of 1,664 km, arriving in London on July 25 – the actual anniversary of the corps’ establishment.

It follows a 1,664km ski from the Arctic Circle; a 1,664 nautical mile sail from Stavanger in Norway to Cadiz in Spain; a 1,664 km cycle along the coast of France; and a 193 km canoe across the English Channel.

It is hoped the challenge will raise £500,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/RoyalMarines1664Challenge

1 comment

  • GOD BLESS AND WATCH OVER THE OLDER BROTHERS OF THE U.S. MARINES. HAPPY 350 Birthday. SEMPER FIDELIS

    Report this comment

    George Ross

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 09:20

People around North Devon have come out in force to make their feelings known: we don’t want to lose our maternity services in North Devon.

Read more
Fri, 16:59

The glass-fronted store in Clovelly Road will be open in time for Christmas and is set to be a ‘Lidl of the future’.

Read more
Fri, 10:03

The Gazette has teamed up with hospital campaigners to stand up and fight for our maternity services in North Devon - will you join our #BarnstapleBaby campaign?

Read more

The mother of Bideford schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling said she will be seeking an appeal against the decision.

Read more
Fri, 07:00

Around 150 cyclists raise £15,000 for North Devon Hospice

Read more
Thu, 17:00

Detailed plans for new school at Bucks Cross are revealed

Read more
Thu, 13:58

The Gazette got on the water this morning (Thursday) to watch as the historic steamship entered the River Torridge ahead of its permanent mooring in Bideford.

Read more
Thu, 13:44

The 90 year old has been presented with a special coin, to mark him sharing the same birthday as The Queen.

Read more
Thu, 13:10

Boutport Street now closed following relocation to WHSmith

Read more
Thu, 11:59

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on Blacksands Beach after World War Two grenade was found.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications