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Marines narrowly miss world record attempt

Marines set off from Downing Street Photo: ITV: Toby Sadler

A team of Marines has fallen just minutes short of setting a new world record for speed-marching.

The Royal Marines set off from 10 Downing Street mid-morning and headed west, pass some of London's most iconic landmarks including Marble Arch and Buckingham Palace.

They finished the course this afternoon, just 3 minutes off the record.

Here are the numbers:

26.5 - The miles Marines marched through the streets of London.

3 - The minutes by which the group missed the record (4 hours 19 minutes).

40 - The pounds carried by each Marine, including an SA80 assault rifle.

50,000 - The amount the Marines are aiming to raise for charity.

Marines were sent off by David Cameron and the Military Wives choir. Credit: ITV: Toby Sadler

David Cameron carried out a formal inspection outside 10 Downing Street before the soldiers embarked on their challenge to mark Remembrance weekend.

The Military Wives Choir gave a rendition of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, a second team of veteran Royal Marines set off on a 16-mile run in the other direction to raise money for charity.

David Cameron inspecting Marines Credit: ITV: Toby Sadler