London—Royal Marines break the speed march world record.

A team of eight Royal Marine Commandos managed to cover the 26.2 miles distance in 4 hours 16 minutes and 43 seconds, breaking the previous record by two minutes.  Each man was carrying more than 40lbs.  And for the attempt to be valid, all the team members had to finish.

The previous record stood since 1998 and was held by the men of the 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Royal Marines are an amphibious light infantry unit renowned for their toughness.  Their 32-week selection process culminates with a 30-mile forced march in full battle order through the Dartmoor heath. The test must be completed in 7 hours for officers and 8 hours for ranks.