Ex-Marine bids to fly past RAF speed march team record
A FORMER Royal Marine is getting ready for the biggest challenge of his career, as he looks to smash a world record that has been held by a team from the RAF since 1991.
Along with seven friends, Mike Rogers, 47, will be taking part in a 26.2- mile speed march, in full army kit and carrying a 40lb kit bag on his back. They will be met by Prime Minister David Cameron as they finish at 10 Downing Street.
"We're doing the speed march on November 10," said Mr Rogers. "And if we can still walk, we'll then be attending the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph the next day."
He added: "It's the maddest thing I've ever done. The record is currently four hours 33 minutes, and we're aiming to do it in four hours 19 minutes."
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The Bristolian and his team aim to raise an ambitious £1 million by 2014, a challenge made even harder as he has recently been diagnosed with diabetes.
Mr Rogers now works as a carpenter, which is how he first met Bristol City stalwart Louis Carey.
"A while back I did some decking for him, and we've been good mates ever since. When he heard about my challenge, he was keen to help out," said Mike.
As a result, City players have now pledged more than £1,000 to help Mr Rogers break the world record.
"Sadly we can't be there to cheer him on," said Louis, 35. "We have a game against Charlton on Remembrance Sunday, when we'll also be doing our bit to remember the troops."