Cavill's remarks officially launch the running phase of the Royal Marines 1664 Challenge. The event, which is set to raise over £500,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), is an exercise created for Royal Marines across the UK to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Corps in October 1664.
The Royal Marines 350th anniversary deserved more than an ordinary challenge. Skiing 1,664km across Norway was not enough for Lieutenant Colonel Gary Green, the man behind the 1664 Challenge.
The commandos initially set off in February to ski 1,664km across Norway, they then sailed 1,664 nautical miles to Cadiz in Spain, cycled 1,664km to France, and are currently kayaking across the English Channel before finally joining Royal Marine Units across the UK to run the remaining 1,664km around the country.
"Royal Marine Commandos believe in what they can do. They have the courage, determination and will to succeed," Cavill said in a video message to the commandos. "They make sacrifices and take risks; regrettably, sometimes they have to pay the price for those risks. In recent years they have experienced a significant increase in serious injuries, wounds or illness through current operations. This has not deterred the men of this proud corps; on the contrary, it has spurred them on to help their injured and wounded comrades. We should not forget what the Royal Marines have done for the country and the many sacrifices that they have made. Now is the time, in their distinguished 350 year history, for everyone to get behind the Royal Marines; and support this extraordinary challenge and this incredible charity."
The video itself has been online at Henry Cavill News for part of the morning, but it's currently unavailable due to traffic. It will be available on YouTube later today and ComicBook.com will attempt to update this story when it's live.
EDIT: That's it down there.