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Veteran commando Baz leads capital speed march to help fellow marines

26 March 2024
Royal Marine veteran Baz Gray will lead a dozen fellow retired green berets on a grueling ‘commando marathon’ around London to help comrades.

The former RSM from Yelverton in Devon will lead a speed march through the capital – 12 ex-Royal Marines, all aged over 45, running 26 miles in full military gear, carrying 40lb of kit in their Bergen backpacks.

Baz hopes to set a world record and, more important, more than £50,000 to help veterans with mental health issues.

On the day the runners will be spurred on for stretches of the marathon by supporters who’ll run with them (minus the impediments).

For those who don’t fancy such a demanding run, Baz is also organising a series of smaller challenges nationwide, open to anybody of any age who wants to take part and have a go at running a 400-metre course with a 40lb pack as quickly as possible.

“Physical and mental health issues within the entire veteran community are as bad today as they have ever been,” Baz said.

“This is a result of many years in conflict zones on a global scale, most notably in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He continued: “The knock-on effect of this goes far beyond the individual. It has huge impact on friends and family, especially children.

“Having a project to focus on and a purpose in life can transform it from one of utter boredom and depression to one of excitement and fulfilment.

“This initiative is already changing lives and inspiring many veterans to get up, get active and find a bit of their old selves. We want to grow it, share it and transform as many more lives as we can.”

With several months to go to the July 24, Baz is just over £5k short of his £50k target – donations can be made via

Physical and mental health issues within the entire veteran community are as bad today as they have ever been.

Baz Gray

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