In June 2018, a team of serving and former Royal Marines embarked upon a 2000 mile journey along the Norwegian coastline to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the infamous commando raids.
Tim, 27 grew up on the Isle of Wight and now lives in London. Shortly after graduating from the University of Exeter, he joined the Royal Marines as Commissioned Officer.
Having spent most of time before the Marines sailing on the Solent or English East Coast, as well as a strong family history in the sport, being on the water comes as second nature to him. Whilst sea kayaking in the Northern Norwegian fjords is wildy different to racing dinghies around Cowes, the team have plenty of pre training to tackle first! Outside of sailing, Tim is a keen road cyclist and skiier.
As the Norway 75 Lead, Tim identified a key opportunity to harness huge amounts of pre-existing support for the Royal Marines and it’s Charity, and channel that into the commemoration of heroic, and somewhat untold, WWII Commando raids; a key part of the Royal Marines heritage and operational link to the country of Norway.
Lucy, 27, grew up in Hampshire and now lives in Devon. After completing her A-Levels she joined the Royal Marines Band Service which fed her thirst for music and adventure. Here she undertook three years of training on the clarinet and violin and studied further for a degree.
A keen sportswoman, Lucy plays to combined Service and Navy/RM level in several sports and is always happy to turn her hand to something new. Although she has limited bike and kayak experience she relishes a challenge, especially one which supports such a worthwhile cause, and can’t wait to get stuck into Norway 75. Lucy is excited to be involved in the challenge and is thoroughly enjoying discovering the untold stories of our WWII heroes in her key role in the challenge’s historical aspects.
Ric, 32, has always enjoyed adventure, which was largely the reason for him joining the Royal Marines with whom he has spent the last 9 years working across the world.
Only truly content living out of a bag or back of a car this adventure should suit him. His passions lie in the mountains and trying to get up and then down them as quickly as possible on foot, bikes or skis. He has taken opportunities to develop his adventurous skills whilst in service learning to paraglide, surf and telemark ski to name a few.
He has sea kayaked and skied in Norway previously and will be taking the blame if the team get lost as he has planned most of the route.
Rodge joined the Royal Marines in 1991 looking for challenge and adventure. Enjoys many sports and outdoor activities including mountain biking, trail running and telemark skiing.
Qualifying as an Royal Marine Mountain Leader in 2000, he sees Norway as his second home having spent many winters training deep inside the Arctic circle. Albeit, winter versus summer, these experiences as well as a 6 month stint in Antarctica prepare him fantastically well for Norway 75. Grasping new kayaking skills, learning more about the WWII Combined Operations and supporting the RM Charity are but a few highlights to look forward to.
Rich joined the Royal Marines in 1997 seeking travel and adventure and have found both in abundance!
Having taken part in five charity cycling events in 2017, Rich is keen to push himself over the Strava threshold for 2018, as well as adding expedition sea kayaking to his outdoor skillset.
A family man, Rich has always been continually supported throughout his career, especially by his crazy Weimaraner dog, Lucas!
Jon, 32, was born and lives in Bath, Somerset. He graduated from the University of York and Commissioned into the Royal Marines in 2008.
Before joining the Royal Marines, throughout school and university, Jon enjoyed participating in a variety of team, individual and even some more obscure sports, before upgrading to the snow, sea and air for enjoyment.
As the historical lead for Norway 75, Jon is continually building support with the veterans and families who still have links to the key Commando raids and SOE Operations the challenge is focussing on. With their help, he is vital in helping retell and explore their knowledge; enriching the challenge with unique stories in first hand detail.
David, 30, grew up in East Yorkshire, and is now living in North Devon. A strong history of service in the forces and public services; Dave's Father and Brother have both served in the British Army, completing numerous tours, one Grandfather in the RAF and the other Grandfather in the Latvian Palace guard. Even a Grandmother who is one of the last surviving of veterans of Yorkshire's Land Army. The choice for Dave to carry on the family tradition was a natural one!
Having completed the training for the Royal Marines, David chose to join 42 Commando to remain close to Plymouth; a place with a strong friendship base, but also perfect for all things fishing and kayaking.
Now at Royal Marine Barracks Chivenor and having returned from a winter deployment in Norway, David jumped at the chance to return, to see the rest of the country (in the summer!) and learn about vital operations undertaken by the Norwegian resistance, the SOE and the Commando forces during the Second World War.
ee joined the Royal Marines in the early 90’s and subsequently represented them in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe and Kayak race three times. The most recent in 2012 raising money for charity with his good friend who is a triple amputee and former Royal Marine.
His sea kayak obsession is only recent and he endeavoured to gain experience and qualifications in his last years of service. In that time, he paddled the English Channel from Port En Bessin to Eastney as part of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and became a Level 1 coach and 4-star Sea Leader. After successful completion of his 4 Star Sea he then completed the six-week ISKGA Advanced Guides course.
On retirement from the Royal Marines in 2016, Lee continues to work as a freelance guide taking Royal Marine recruits during their adventure training and regularly takes PTSD sufferers out paddling helping them recover from psychological wounds using physical activity and the healing power of the Sea. He has drawn on his experience as a Mountain Leader in the Royal Marines where he taught people to operate and survive in harsh environments he has tailored these skills to deliver the expedition skills module of the ISKGA syllabus and is a keen forager and wildlife enthusiast.