Royal Marines begin next leg of challenge on Eastney beach

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MORE than 100 Royal Marines have embarked upon a 1,664 km run around the UK, beginning on Southsea seafront, to mark the 350th anniversary of the elite corp being established.

The marines disembarked from a landing craft at Eastney, opposite the Royal Marines Museum, at 9.15am before heading into the museum for an official starting ceremony.

Royal Marines arrive on Eastney beach Picture: Tony Hicks

Royal Marines arrive on Eastney beach Picture: Tony Hicks

The Portsmouth Band of the Royal Marines led a march along the seafront to Canoe Lake where the marines set off on a run which will take them across the country over the next two months.

A group of six marines have sailed, skiied, cycled, canoed and will now run in a bid to raise £500,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

To donate go to justgiving.com/RoyalMarines1664Challenge.