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Leeds marine sets off a challenge of a lifetime

Photograph shows Lance Corporal Matt Robb, on the right, with his fellow marines  being overflown by a Royal Navy SeaKing Mk4 helictoper.

Photograph shows Lance Corporal Matt Robb, on the right, with his fellow marines being overflown by a Royal Navy SeaKing Mk4 helictoper.

A Royal Marine from Leeds will put his body to the test in a challenge of a lifetime to mark the 350th anniversary of the Corps.

Lance Corporal Matt Robb is one of six chosen to take part in the five-month-long Royal Marines 1664 Challenge, which will see them cover more than 4,000 miles, by foot, boat, bike and skis.

The superfit squad are now two weeks into their mission which began from the very north of Norway, some 400 miles inside the Arctic Circle.

From there they will ski 1,664km down to Stavanger, to board a yacht and sail 1,664 miles to the south of Spain.

Once in Spain they will get on their bikes and cycle 1,664km up to the English Channel, where they will get into a series of canoes to paddle to the UK.

But the challenge does not end there. They marines will then run across England, Scotland and Wales, before a marathon in London on July 5 - the anniversary of the Marine Corps’ establishment in 1664.

More than 2,000 marines will take part in different parts of the challenge, but only these six will do the full, 4,000-mile event,.

Lance Corporal Robb, who is representing his unit, 43 Commando, said: “The challenge is massively ambitious but that’s what being a Royal Marine is all about – to go that extra mile, to achieve the extraordinary.

“The weather is a big factor, especially here in Norway where it has been down to -18c. But we have all got into the rhythm now and as marines we train up here, this is like a second home for some of us. For the six of us this is the opportunity of a lifetime and it is an absolute honour to be taking part in an event that launches the 350th birthday of the Royal Marines Corps.”

Visit www.1664challenge.co.uk for more information.

 

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