A million metres? No problems for Marines

OAR-SOME! Royal Marines, left to right, Scott Ashley, Rich Puttock, John Mooney, Chris Jenson and Dave Gibson will attempt to row one million metres.     Picture: Alan Hutchings (111122-012)
OAR-SOME! Royal Marines, left to right, Scott Ashley, Rich Puttock, John Mooney, Chris Jenson and Dave Gibson will attempt to row one million metres. Picture: Alan Hutchings (111122-012)
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IMAGINE rowing almost non-stop for three days.

Well that’s exactly what five Royal Marines are doing to raise cash for the service’s charitable trust.

Richie Puttock, operations manager of the Royal Marines’ Association, and his colleagues are training two hours a day for the million-metre rowathon on April 7 at Gunwharf Quays.

They are raising cash for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund which helps serving and wounded marines as well as bereaved families and veterans.

In recent years funds have dramatically depleted because of the loss of lives and the injuries sustained by marines in operations all over the world, and also the sheer number of people needing their support.

Mr Puttock said: ‘A lot of the money from the charitable trust fund has gone to Hasler Company which supports all of our wounded Royal Marines during their rehabilitation, assisting them with careers and easing them into civilian life.

‘Money is also spent on a welfare programme that gives the lads a little bit more quality of life while they’re away, a little bit more than the basics.’

Each member of the team will row for 30 minutes on a static rowing machine and have a two-hour break during which time they will have a sports massage from students at South Downs College, eat, and try to fit in a quick nap.

Accommodation has been provided by Holiday Inn, while retailers across the shopping centre have put out collection boxes. Mr Puttock said: ‘We wanted to do something that made people say “wow”.

‘It goes with the Royal Marines ethos of being physically fit and robust. We’d love people to come down and support us.’

The rowathon will be introduced by the Royal Marine Corp of Drums and fanfare team, just before 11am.

To donate go to bmycharity.com/royalsrowing.