Marines de­nied march record... for wear­ing the wrong trousers

The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Jonathan Bucks

AF­TER march­ing for 26.2 miles while car­ry­ing 40lb of kit, a team of eight Royal Marines were un­der­stand­ably ec­static when they crossed the fin­ish­ing line in the fastest ever time.

But now the men who com­pleted the Speed March, a pres­ti­gious Forces’ marathon chal­lenge, have been de­nied a place in the record books – be­cause they were wear­ing the wrong trousers.

Of­fi­cials at Guin­ness, the gov­ern­ing body for world records, have re­fused to rat­ify their time of four hours, 16 min­utes and 43 sec­onds, which is two min­utes faster than the pre­vi­ous best.

The dis­ap­pointed Marines had worn mod­ern, stan­dard-is­sue trousers, which al­low rel­a­tively easy move­ment.

The pre­vi­ous record-hold­ers – from the 29th Com­mando Reg­i­ment Royal Ar­tillery – had been wear­ing less flex­i­ble ‘mil­i­tary den­ims’.

The Royal Marines’ team leader, Ma­jor Scotty Mills, has now launched an ap­peal.

He ar­gued that ‘mil­i­tary den­ims’ are no longer even in pro­duc­tion, and said that his team – two of whom had sac­ri­ficed hon­ey­moons to train for the chal­lenge – de­serve the record af­ter com­plet­ing the course in Oc­to­ber last year.

He said: ‘I know in my heart of hearts that the boys have done the 26.2 miles car­ry­ing 40lb of weight, bro­ken the world record time in good or­der, as a team with their broth­ers by their side.’

‘What trousers we were wear­ing is ir­rel­e­vant.’

The 2017 march was the third time that the team had at­tempted the break the record.

In 2012, they fin­ished two min­utes out­side the pre­vi­ous best. And the fol­low­ing year, one man col­lapsed just half a mile from end with the record in reach.

Last night, a Guin­ness spokesman said: ‘We can con­firm that an ap­peal has been made and fur­ther ev­i­dence has been re­ceived for re­view.’

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