Marines attempt to break speed march marathon world record

A group from RMB Chivenor braved 40lb loads on their back as they took a trial run around Braunton.

A GROUP of Royal Marines endured a brutal afternoon of training on Friday as they prepare to break a world record for the fastest speed march marathon.

The marines, from RMB Chivenor, took to the roads of North Devon with 40lb loads on their backs as they marched from the base over the Braunton Burrows.

On November 10, the team will be waved off from Downing Street by David and Samantha Cameron where they will attempt the 27 mile course around London in less than four hours and 18 minutes.

They will also be sent on their way by the Chivenor Military Wives Choir who will perform before the march.

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March coordinator Barry Colarusso, said: “Getting the boys used to the hardship of the task is vital.

“Of course they are all extremely fit – some of the most resilient men in the world – but this challenge is not something any of us will take lightly.”

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The event will also raise funds for Commando 999, a charity which supports former commandos serving in the UK emergency services, and the Royal Marines Association.

Mark Scoular, founder of Commando 999, said: “This record hasn’t been broken for two decades and as it is currently held by the marines, it’s only right the record stays with the corp.

“There are two marches; an armed and unarmed march.

“It’s only right the corp will take the march with weapons, and the other will be completed by members of Commando 999.”

The march coincides with Remembrance weekend and will also be one of the first events of RM 350, which will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines in 2014.

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