Royal Marines veterans take on the infamous 9-mile speed march

Royal Marines veterans

Royal Marines veterans, take on the infamous 9-mile speed march. The event was held at Spean Bridge in Scotland, in aid of The Royal Marines charity, who are celebrating 75 years with their work.

Left to Right: Lt Col Gaz Veacock RM, Mne Ross Cooney RMR, Capt X RM, Gunner Daz Adams RA, Cpl Andy Dunkin RM,
Mne Chris Thrall RM, LCpl Jase Paterson RM, Cpl Rick Coulson RM, Cpl Steve Boden RM, WO1 Mac McMillan RM and Ralphy (the dog)

Chris Thrall

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Royal Marines veterans take on the infamous 9-mile speed march

By Cpl (Rtd) Steve Boden RM

An RMA North Devon led team of both current and former Royal Marines recently completed the Spean Bridge Train Station – Achnacarry Speed March in support of RMA – The Royal Marines Charity.

It was also completed to raise awareness of the ongoing Mental Health challenges faced within the RM and across all the Armed Forces. This iconic route was first undertaken by Commando’s during WWII, whereby when individuals arrived at the Spean Bridge Train Station, they had to complete the 7-mile (11Km) route to Achnacarry Castle with equipment and weapons, within an hour. Those who were unsuccessful were returned to their unit the following day. This speed march was not only relevant 80 years ago, but also remains key today were a comparable march (9-mile) is completed as one of the Commando Tests at CTCRM. It remains a rite of passage with gaining the coveted green beret.

Spean Bridge Station – Achnacarry Speed March

https://rma-trmc.org/spean-bridge-station-achnacarry-speed-march/

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