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Ex-Royal Marine on the march for Sport Relief

Stratford Editorial 15th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FORMER Royal Marine is back on the march for Sport Relief.

Sam Bishop will be carrying out a 22 mile speed march from his Stockton home to Paul’s Land Park in Nuneaton on Saturday (March 19).

Speed marching, which involves a combination of running and power walking, has been used since the Second World War as a means of transporting troops over a long distance while leaving them with enough energy to fight when they reached their destination.

The 28-year-old, who is now an instructor for the Go Commando Bootcamp training programme, will start his charity challenge at 4am with 32lbs of weight and water strapped to his back and he is aiming to take part in an hour long Bootcamp session in Nuneaton at 9.30am.

The event is designed to recreate the conditions of the ’30 miler’ he completed in 2011 on Dartmoor, which saw him earn the Green Beret.

Speaking ahead of the challenge, he said: “I’m hoping I can inspire other people to take part in exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.

“I also want to try and back up something I say to my Bootcampers and that is most of the battle with exercise and fitness is in the mind.

“If you have a positive, determined attitude you will achieve whatever you set out for – whether that’s improving your body composition, or improving your strength, or simply staying active.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/gocommandosam/ to donate.