Marines on epic 1664 Challenge pass through Weymouth today

Dorset Echo: The Royal Marines in Bournemouth yesterday The Royal Marines in Bournemouth yesterday

LOOK out for the Royal Marines today as they pass through Weymouth on an epic fundraising challenge.

The Marines are taking part in the 1664 Challenge- a mission to raise £500,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCT) The commandos initially set off in February to ski 1,664km across Norway, they then sailed 1,664 nautical miles to Cadiz in Spain, cycled 1,664km up through Spain and France, kayaked through the day and night across the English Channel from Normandy to Portsmouth before finally joining Royal Marine Units across the UK to run a further1,664km around the UK.

It’s these values that caught the attention of British actor and Superman star Henry Cavill who has chosen the RMCTF as one of his key charities to support and on Monday 26 May officially launched the event by video link at the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth.

The event has already raised an incredible £250,000 for the charity, but the run phase is when organisers expect the fundraising to reach a whole new level.

Fundraisers, including volunteers from the Royal Marines Association and Sea Cadets, will be shaking buckets alongside the runners and in the streets aiming to hit the all-important half a million pound target.

Head of fundraising at the RMCTF, Rich Kenworthy says: “In this 350th anniversary year we are asking for the British public to get behind the Royal Marines and support this epic challenge.

“We would love to see as many people as possible out and about supporting the team. This year the Royal Marines have chosen to do something amazing by raising £500,000 for the charity- let’s show our appreciation for the commitment, service and sacrifice and help them exceed this target.”

The marines will be arriving in Weymouth at around 12.30pm today and will run along the sea front.

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