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Royal Marines Training at Lympstone Devon Including a Mud Run on the Exe estuary.

Wow, these guys are tough, I knew what I was going to photograph was going to be pretty hardcore but this was a real eye opener.

At one point just after school I considered joining the Marines but I’m not sure I would have made it after seeing this, these guys are made of different stuff.

What the pictures don’t show is the fact that most of the exercises shown are done over and over again pushing these guys to the absolute limits of mental and physical exertion.

I actually got stuck in the mud and at one point and started to panic as the Marines had moved on about 200 meters further into the estuary leaving me stuck waist deep in stinking mud trying desperately to keep my camera kit clean.

I managed to muster a little strength and take baby steps back to the shore and saved  myself a little dignity by not having to be rescued.

And thinking I was ok with just water proof trousers was a mistake as I was completely covered, and had to drive the 30 miles home in my pants.

It was all worth it though, to witness and record what helps form the Royal Marines, one of the most  if not the most respected military units world-wide.

Please take a look at the pictures.

Thanks for looking

Matt

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