Marine mission to help worthy cause

Ashley
Ashley

An energetic businessman and former Royal Marine from Skegness journeyed to London to help raise money for an important cause by speedmarching over 16 miles.

Ashley Tyrrell owner of The Coffee Bean, completed the course with 35 men, with each running 16 miles and 640 yards to support Commando 999 - which is dedicated to supporting past or present serving marines and families.

“A speedmarch takes a body of men, as quickly as possible over a distance, and once finished, still able to engage the enemy. It is usually done dressed in full combats and boots with kit weighing up to 40lbs, including a rifle and helmet but as we were all a little older than when we served, we just wore the boots, combats and our coveted green beret,” Ashley added.

The team started at The Mall in London and took in Downing Street, Whitehall and Stratford before heading to Regents Street and finally up the Waterloo Steps. There they met the serving brethren, who ran carrying the 40lb weights in a bid to break a world record but missed it by two minutes.

“This was my fourth run and I’ve raised over £2,200 but my final target is £5,000, which I aim to raise by November 2014,” he added.”

To support Ashley and Commando 999 visit www.bmycharity.com/ashtyrrell or www.commando999.com.