A Royal Marine corporal from Clenchwarton is set to join a crack team bidding to break the world record for a marathon-distance speedmarch.
Matthew Edwards and a group of colleagues, each carrying 40lb of kit including weapons, are hoping to overturn the Marines’ disappointment at missing the record by just two minutes last year.
The 26-mile speedmarch is taking place in central London on Saturday, November 9, in aid of the Royal Marines Association.
Matthew, 25, said: “We will start in The Mall and take in all the main London sights while attempting to break the world record, which stands at four hours and 32 minutes.”
The marathon-distance speedmarchrecord is currently held by the RAF.
At the end of the march, they will be met by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums and march back along The Mall to pay their respects at the Royal Marines national memorial next to Admiralty Arch.
Matthew, a former pupil of St Clement’s High School, was an outstanding swimmer, winning many titles at local and at county level
He went on to become British champion in the 200m butterfly stroke three times and narrowly missed taking part in the 2008 Olympics.
His father, Steve, said: “He is one of the best swimmers Lynn has ever had.”
As a Marine, he has served in Afghanistan and is now a Physical Training Instructor.
He is currently serving away but said “I’m training hard every day for the speedmarch and doing lots of gym work.”
He is aiming to raise £500 in sponsorship for Marines in need, veterans and their families.
Anyone who remembers Matthew and would like to make a donation, or who would like to support the work of the Royal Marines Association, is asked to go to www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Edwards999.