Royal Marines arrive in Portsmouth after cross-Channel kayak

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Royal Marines have arrived on the beaches of Portsmouth after kayaking from France as part of a charity challenge.

The marines are taking part in the 1664 Challenge, which marks the 350th anniversary of the Corps.

A team of Royal Marines arrive at Eastney having kayaked for 30 hours across the English Channel from Port en Bessin, Normandy, France. Pictures: Ben Mitchell/PA

A team of Royal Marines arrive at Eastney having kayaked for 30 hours across the English Channel from Port en Bessin, Normandy, France. Pictures: Ben Mitchell/PA

This afternoon, the kayakers arrived on the beach in Eastney, having paddled across the English Channel for 30 hours.

Backed by a support team of qualified kayakers anda landing craft, they completed the 86-mile trip having set off from Port en Bessin in Normandy.

It is the latest leg of the challenge, which has already seen them skiing, sailing, and cycling across Europe.

Corporal Anthony Fairclough, 26, is one of those who took part.

Corporal Anthony Fairclough, from Liverpool, is one of a team of Royal Marines that arrived at Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, having kayaked for 30 hours across the English Channel from Port en Bessin, Normandy, France. It is the latest leg of the 1664 Kayak Challenge to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. Picture: Ben Mitchell/PA

Corporal Anthony Fairclough, from Liverpool, is one of a team of Royal Marines that arrived at Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, having kayaked for 30 hours across the English Channel from Port en Bessin, Normandy, France. It is the latest leg of the 1664 Kayak Challenge to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. Picture: Ben Mitchell/PA

He said: ‘It wasn’t too bad as we have a good system going.

‘The conditions weren’t perfect but it could have been a lot worse.

‘It’s been a long time coming. We started in February with a ski to Stavanger, then sailing through the English Channel round to Cadiz.

‘On Saturday we finished the cycle which was from Cadiz to northern France, and then on Monday we start the run.

‘So it’s great to finally be back in England after five months.’

The kayakers were met by a crowd of well-wishers, plus their family and friends as they arrived on the pebble beach opposite the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.

· Picture: Ben Mitchell/PA