Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors get on their bikes

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DOZENS of serving and retired Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors set off on a 350-mile cycling challenge.

More than 100 took part in a charity ride from the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney to the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.

The cyclists set off from the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney. Picture: POA(Phot) Carl Osmond
The cyclists set off from the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney. Picture: POA(Phot) Carl Osmond

It was held to honour the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and is one of a series of events that have taken place to mark the milestone.

Organiser Warrant Officer Doug Hickin said: ‘This event has been 18 months in the planning and has been a great success.

‘Wind and sun are not the best of friends for sleep-deprived cyclists but I’m so proud of everything we have achieved this weekend.’

They cycled non-stop through the night with opportunities every few hours for water and snacks.

Marine Jack Clarke from Fareham, who completed the challenge with his brother George, said: ‘I haven’t had much time to train for this event with my work schedule but doing this with my brother makes it all the more special. We stayed together the whole way around.’

 

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