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

13:50
The new riverside walkway has opened at Anchorwood Bank in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Members of walking group take a stroll with dignitaries as footpath opens

Read more
16:32
Staff at Caen Medical Centre in Braunton celebrate receiving a rating for outstanding

Inspectors full of praise for local GP surgery and how it works with the community

Read more
12:30
Mike Aitken passed away aged 81.

Bideford Bridge Rotary Club members form guard of honour at funeral of staunch supporter Mike Aitken.

Read more
07:00
An uncertain future: The civic centre in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Remaining county council staff to move into refurbished annex in August but long-term future of tower block is still ‘undecided’

Read more
11:00
The walkway at Anchorwood Bank.

Anchorwood promenade will open to the public at 1pm following completion of safety checks

Read more
10:55
North Devon Beer Festival organiser Tim Webster hopes the pints will flow this weekend

Great local ales and fantastic live music on offer at two-day beer fest

Read more
The new 309/310 bus.

The new vehicles come as a new contract starts with Filers for the Barnstaple to Lynton service.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:14
The Earl of Rone

Parades and drums as villagers out in force this weekend seeking the elusive earl...

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53
Alex Davis and his special tribute to HM The Queen at RHS Garden Rosemoor.

Gardener at RHS Garden Torrington pays tribute to HM The Queen with turf art.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:28
Oceanfest competition.

Enter our simple competition for a chance to win tickets to the surf and music festival in Croyde next month.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

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