Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 17:57

A group of Royal Marines based in Plymouth have abseiled spectacularly from the 50m-tall lookout in the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome as part of the 1664 Challenge.

In 2014 the Corps of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines are celebrating their 350th anniversary. To commemorate this date, Royal Marines Commandos will ski, sail, cycle, canoe and run 6656km, in four 1664km legs over a route covering Norway, Spain, France and the UK.

The aim is to encapsulate the Commando spirit and Corps values in a significant physical and mental challenge.  Between June 6 and 9 2014, 42 Commando are leading the route through Devon and Cornwall from Plymouth to Falmouth.

The team of 12 runners from 42 Commando Royal Marines arrived at Eden this afternoon during the run phase of the 1664 Challenge which covers Liskeard to St Austell.

Two of the Marines to abseil, Capt. Sam Moreton, from Exmouth, and Marine Tom Barker, from Carlisle, are doing the whole of the challenge, running an average of 18 miles a day. They were the first two to abseil the Eden leg.

Lt. Col. Rich Cantrill, commanding officer of 42 Commando based Bickleigh in Devon, said: “This is a tremendous way to mark our special anniversary. We have had fantastic support as we have come into Cornwall and it’s great that two from the core team are among those to abseil here at Eden today.”

42 Commando are holding ‘Commando Events’ at Lemon Quay, Truro tomorrow afternoon (Sunday June 8) and at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Monday June 9.

Commando Display events includes vehicle, weapon and cookery stances, an unarmed combat display team and a Commando slide and abseil from the Museum roof into the square. Along with music, beer and pasty tents there will be something for all the family to enjoy.