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Incredible achievement as Royal Marines Commando completes 60 marathons in 60 days

A Royal Marines Commando has completed the "phenomenal" achievement of running 60 marathons in 60 days.

'Marathon Man' Lance Corporal Luke Grainger completed the challenge as part of the RM Commando 80 Challenge 2022 – the fundraising event for the Royal Marines Charity (RMA).

As he crossed the finish line at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge, in Scotland, he said he was "blown away" by how much support he has received, from handshakes and interviews to "a letter and gift from His Majesty King Charles III".

"Overwhelmed"

LCpl Grainger posted on his RMA fundraising page: "Today has totally blown away my expectations. Little did I know that I would complete my final run with so much support, handshakes, interviews, donations, photos, gifts, a surprise visit from my parents and, yes, a letter and gift from His Majesty King Charles III.

"I cannot put into words how overwhelmed yet grateful I am with all of these combined."

The Royal Marines Commando noted that during the past 60 days, many had "been lonely" and he found it really hard to motivate himself at some points, but he was "relieved" that he never gave up.

He said: "There have been highs, lows, sunshine and thunderstorms but I am so relieved that I never gave up.

"I have surprised myself both physically and mentally and now I am going to allow myself a bit of time to recover.

"The Royal Marines Charity do amazing things and I am so happy to have been able to help raise awareness for them," he added.

Commando 80 Challenge’s Marathon Man Royal Marine Commando Lance Corporal Luke Grainger 11102022 CREDIT RMA
"The support I have received has been second to none", Royal Marine Commando Lance Corporal Luke Grainger said (Picture: RMA/ LCpl Luke Grainger).

The Marathon Man was supported by both Royal Marines and Army Units, who serve within the Commando Brigade, completing runs in and around Plymouth, Barnstable, Land's End, Windsor and Bristol before traveling to Scotland.

He finished on Sunday at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge, the ancestorial home of the wartime commandos who trained nearby in Achnacarry during the Second World War, 80 years ago.

LCpl Grainger said he has been "grateful" for all the public support throughout the journey.

He told RMA: "It's been second to none. I've spoken with people from all walks of life, in many different parts of the country and even had people jumping out of cars to throw money into the charity pot."

Praise also came from Honorary Royal Marines Colonel Bear Grylls, who highlighted the achievement on Twitter. "What an achievement Luke!" he posted.

Fellow marathon fundraiser, British Army veteran Brian Wood, called the effort "outstanding". He posted on Twitter, "some effort this is. Very well done Royal. Always someone with a bigger engine out there. Outstanding."

LCpl Grainger is part of the North Devon RMA and Commando Logistic Regiment fundraising team, which has raised more than £22,000.