On Saturday 26th August, a team of eight Close Protection personnel from the Army’s Royal Military Police, Royal Air Force and the Royal Marine Police Troop will descend on Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays in a bid to break a Versaclimber Guinness World Record.

The team will be attempting to break the record for the greatest height climbed on a Versaclimber in eight hours, while carrying a 40lbs backpack. They are also raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and The RMP Central Benevolent Fund.

Lead by Staff Sergeant Benjamin Bosworth, the team have been training hard, building on their cardio, strength, flexibility, speed and endurance in order to prepare themselves for their stint on the machine.

For Benjamin, not only did he want to promote all three branches of HM Forces and foster community relations, the event is poignant for a personal reason.

He said, “My stepmother, who had bowel cancer and sadly passed away in June, suggested that I organise a charity event in recognition of the treatment and superb support she received from Macmillan Cancer during her battle and I saw it as an honour. This event is a fitting memorial for a truly amazing woman.”

Warrant Officer Class 2 Kirsty Wright adds, “The interaction with the crowds at Gunwarf Quays will certainly inspire my performance on the day. I’m feeling extremely excited about being able to take part in this challenge. Undoubtedly it will be difficult but the event is for such a worthy cause it just makes it even more fulfilling.”

We look forward to seeing if they can break the world record, as well as seeing how much money they can raise for these two amazing causes! If you would like to donate, please visit the fundraising page here.

If you would like to take on a Versaclimber world record, check out a selection of fantastic climbing attempts on our records page.

Happy climbing!

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