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Ex-Royal Marine in record bid to scale the world's biggest islands

A former Royal Marine is aiming to inspire others by crossing the world's five largest islands in a mammoth year-long challenge.

Louis Nethercott, who is from Wiltshire but now lives in Bristol, will trek the desert, jungle and mountains as he attempts to set a world record with fellow ex-Marine Anthony Lambert.

Louis Nethercott is attempting to cross the five biggest islands in the world Credit: Help for Heroes

The pair will endeavour to become the first people in history to trek through Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, Greenland and Baffin Island using just their survival skills.

Mr Nethercott was medically discharged from the military earlier this year after a decade during which he served across the world including deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

The 27-year-old said his life changed "dramatically" after that tour, leading him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

I saw some pretty bad stuff, some hairy situations. On coming home from that particular tour, things didn't quite add up for me. Something had changed, and changed dramatically.

It was a different world when I came back.

– Louis Nethercott
Louis was a mental health ambassador for the Invictus Games in Orlando Credit: Help for Heroes

Louis, who was a mental health ambassador for the Invictus Games in Orlando earlier this year, said he is taking on the 'Expedition Five challenge' to satisfy his thirst for adventure and raise awareness of how PTSD can affect members of the military.

It is so important to me to inspire other guys who have battled similar problems to me. I want to show everybody that despite experiencing a setback, life is not over if you don't want it to be. It is about looking the dark days in the eye and saying you've come out the other end stronger.

– Louis Nethercott

Louis says he is looking forward to the challenge, which is being supported by military charity Help for Heroes, who given the pair a £10,000 grant to fund the expedition.


Royal Marine forced to pull out of record-breaking 630 mile challenge

Barry Gray, who was attempting to run 630 miles of the South West Coastal footpath in just 10 days has had to abandon his challenge Credit: ITV West Country

A Royal Marine attempting to run 630 miles of the South West Coastal footpath in just 10 days has had to abandon his challenge.

Barry Gray had aimed to cover almost two and a half marathons a day while climbing more than three times the height of Snowdon.

But three days into his epic challenge the Marine, who was part of a team that recreated Shackleton's epic 800 mile sea and mountain crossing from Elephant Island to South Georgia, has had to pull out due to injury.

Writing on his Facebook page he said:

It is with great sadness that I must tell all that I have had to end Solo 630 early with a serious knee injury, currently twice its normal size.

This event was a huge undertaking and risk of injury was always high. I stopped on 210 miles in 3.5 days having climbed 40000 ft. It has been humbling to see so much support from all walks of life, I am truly gutted.

This however was never about me it was for my cause and the Royal Marine family, I Hope everyone sees the positive from this and that although I did not complete it, the profile and awareness of the RM charity has improved significantly. My apologies and thank you to all of you, you have been amazing and I will never forget it. Baz

– Barry Gray
Regt Sgt Major Barry Gray at the start of his 10 day challenge

He had hoped to raise £10,000 for service charities, including one called The Baton.

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