Gayton marine takes on 1664 challenge

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A marine from Gayton will be joining the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Marines when he takes on the mammoth challenge of cycling 1664km across Spain in 16 days.

Ross Obey, 22, of 45 Commando is based at Arboath in Scotland, but has lived in Lynn all his life.

Next month he will be heading out on his next mission, the 1664 Challenge, which will see him join 29 riders as they cycle from Cadiz, in Spain, north towards France, to finish at a port town called Port-en-Bessin.

The cyclists will be covering a distance of around 140km per day, with the aim to complete 1664km in 16 days.

Ross said: “I’m a bit nervous about it, I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ve never done cycling to this level before. We had a training event and that was a great experience and now I’m trying to get out on the bike three or four times a week.”

The challenge is helping to raise awareness and funds to support the work of the Royal Marines Association and will see a core team of six skiing, sailing, cycling, rowing and running over 4,000 miles from Norway to Spain and France, then across the UK.

Ross is part of one of the supporting teams who will be joining the core team members on different stages of their journey. He will join them on May 2. When he leaves the core team, they will set out on their row across the Channel.

He said: “I’ve been to Spain before but not like this, so it will be nice to see the more rural areas and we will be travelling along the back roads.

“There is a lot of elevation, around 7,000ft in total. We are not going up the Pyranees, but we will be going around them.”

“I’m really looking forward to it, it will be a good experience.”

For more information, or to support the challenge by donating, go to

Ross added: “I’d like to thank the guys at Tri Harder in Dereham. They’ve helped me with advice and equipment.”