The SCOTS on exercise in the Scottish Highlands

A team of soldiers from 7 SCOTS recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) inWashington DC.

The team spent eight days in the US Capital as guests of the Allied Forces Federation (AFF) where they had time to visit places like the FBI HQs Hoover Building, United States Secret Service and Arlington National Cemetery where a wreath was laid at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The MCM is one of the biggest marathons in the US and is known as the “Peoples Marathon”, as it is the largest marathon in the world that does not offer prize money making it perfect for beginners.

The event has been run annually since 1976 apart from the last two years where it was done virtually due to the pandemic. After this hiatus the marathon returned to the streets of Washington and the 7 SCOTS team were delighted to be included in the 27,000 starters this year.

Team Captain Spats Baxter said: “Since 2016 I have managed to bring this experience to 48 new service people from both 7 SCOTS and 3 SCOTS. Formost this was a once in a lifetime trip”.

To date the team this year have managed to raise £2,550+ for SSAFA Perth and Kinross Branch. Which totals circa £18.5k raised for UK service charities from all 7 SCOTS MCM teams.

7 SCOTS has a close relationship with the AFF, for the past several years the AFF have brought a team of “wounded warriors” from Allied nations around the world to attempt the Cateran Yomp, a 54-mile trek through the hills of Perthshire in 24 hours and 7 SCOTS has provided real life support, accommodation, and transport for the group throughout their visit.