Firefighters joined Royal Marines and martial arts students in completing almost 100,000 press-ups on Crosby beach.

The three groups joined together to take on the mighty Royal Marines Commando 1,000 Press-up Challenge this evening.

The event, organised by The Royal Marines, saw almost 100 people each completing 1,000 push-ups next to the Iron Men statues to raise funds for two charities – The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service firefighters, Childwall Karate Academy students and Royal Marines got elbow deep in sand during the challenge, which also involved a six mile run.

Colour Sergeant Andy Carmichael, of The Royal Marines, who was one of the organisers of the event, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for us as Royal Marines to interact with our local community and I would really like to thank everyone for showing their support for these two deserving charities.”

Guy Keen, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Group Manager, who helped to organise the event and also took part in the challenge, said: “It was fantastic that so many people took part to raise funds for two very worthy causes.

“The challenge was tough and everyone put in a huge amount of effort. It was great to work with The Royal Marines and Childwall Karate Academy on the event.”

Sensei Roy Flatt, of Childwall Karate Academy, said: “We have been involved in fundraising events with The Royal Marines before and we can’t do enough for the people who put themselves at risk for their country.

“It has been great to be part of the challenge.”

The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund is aiming to raise £6 million by 2014, which is the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. Among the services it provides are help for wounded and injured soldiers, support for those returning from operations, funding for memorials and grants for the next of kin of those who die in service.

The Fire Fighters Charity provides rehabilitation facilities for injured firefighters, other Service staff and retired firefighters. The charity has three rehabilitation centres in Cumbria, Devon and West Sussex.

Image shows the 1,000 Press-up Challenge on Crosby beach. Photo credit Tony Thomas.

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