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Charity Cheer For Retired Navy Commander's 5,500-Mile Trek

Retired Commander Jane Allen has completed a year-long journey around the British coastline.

Jane Allen is greeted at the finish line in Portsmouth.

A former Royal Navy commander has marked her retirement from the service by completing a 5,500-mile charity walk around the coastline of mainland Britain.

Commander Jane Allen has returned to her starting-point, Admiral Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard - where she began her 'Victory Walk' on 21 October 2017.

The journey also marked Allen's contribution to the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), which celebrated its centenary it 2017.

She was welcomed to the grand finish point by retired personnel and her chosen organisations, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust (WRNS BT).

The Portsmouth Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service joined Commander Allen, as she concluded both her challenge and career in the Royal Navy.

"No amount of planning could have prepared us for the months that lay ahead.

"When I started the enormity of the task made me feel uneasy. I soon learned I had to focus on the current map, and not think too far ahead."

WATCH: Jane Allen speaks to Forces News after completing her journey.

The Commander has frequently taken time out from her trek to meet with forces veterans and youth groups - even visiting HMS Sultan, HMS Collingwood and HMS Excellent during the final week.

Adrian Bell, Chief Executive at RNRMC, said: "Jane has demonstrated tremendous spirit, grit and determination throughout this tough challenge.

"[The money] will help us to allocate vital funds to sailors, marines and their families throughout the United Kingdom and beyond."

WRNS BT Chairman, Commodore Heather Rimmer MBE, admired the Commander's "strength and tenacity" through the extreme weather conditions and injuries faced along the way - one holding back the Commander by over two months.

The challenges of everyday life also surfaced over the course of the journey, weddings and funeral attendance embedded into the route.

“Throughout, I never lost sight of the aim

"It would not have been possible to do this alone: our lasting memory will be of the many kind, helpful and supportive people we’ve met during this epic journey."