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.
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.