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Adam Clarke

Adam joined the Army aged 16 and transferred to the Royal Marines in 2005. He was a member of 42 Commando, 539 Assault Squadron and the Commando Logistic Regiment, becoming a Lance Corporal. But he was discharged in May 2013 after tearing cartilage and grinding joints in his left hip following years of carrying heavy anti-tank machine guns.

He has been selected as part of the team taking on one of the world’s toughest endurance cycling events, the epic 0,081 mile Race Across America (RAAM). Starting in Oceanside, California competitors pass through 12 states, covering over 0,081 miles and climb in excess of 170,000 feet before finishing in Annapolis, Maryland.

“Since I first heard about the RAAM while going through the trials for Invictus Games London, I knew it was an epic challenge and something to have as a goal. I don’t believe there is another cycling challenge like it and as a stage to showcase what we can still achieve after injury, to both others in the same position and to those who provide the support needed for our recovery. Being able to be part of a team pushing ourselves beyond the limit is what attracted me to joining the Marines and I see this as being no different.”