Mum's pride over son's success

A PROUD mum is today delighted by the remarkable achievements of her young son.Pam Goddard, of Newark Close, in Ipswich, is bursting with pride for her 22-year-old son, Patrick, who has passed out with the Royal Marines.

A PROUD mum is today delighted by the remarkable achievements of her young son.

Pam Goddard, of Newark Close, in Ipswich, is bursting with pride for her 22-year-old son, Patrick, who has passed out with the Royal Marines.

Mr Goddard, who was featured in the television series, Commandoes: On the front line, on ITV, had to complete a gruelling 32 weeks of one of the hardest training programmes in the world in order to become a Royal Marine commando.

The programme closely follows a group of men as they embark on the marine training course through the camera of well known programme maker Chris Terrill.

The commando tests are all completed carrying a personal weapon and webbing, totalling 32lbs and involves a six mile run and crawl through tunnels and water pools.

Prospective troops also have to complete a final 30 mile march across Dartmoor in eight hours.

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Mr Goddard was forced to temporarily abandon his training after 24 weeks because of an injury to his leg but he managed to continue shortly after.

Mrs Goddard said: “Injury is quite common because the physical tests they are expected to undergo are so demanding and he was really knocked back but Patrick was so determined to finish.”

He passed out at the commando training centre royal marines, in Lympstone, Devon with the 937 Troop on October 5.

Mrs Goddard said: “Patrick lost his dad, Andrew, when he was 11 and he's achieved so much for someone so young.

“I am very proud of him; he has done very well indeed.”

Patrick is now set to join 45 commando unit, based in Arbroath Angus, Scotland, and will be preparing to go to Afghanistan next September.

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