How the Commando Challenge helped me
Posted on February 23rd 2016 by Jenny Robey
My boyfriend is a Royal Marine Commando and we live in Shropshire, a couple of hundred miles from the nearest camp he could be drafted to. For years I felt I may be the only RM Wife or Girlfriend in this whole county, and missed out on the sense of community found on married quarters. In 2010 I came across the Commando Challenge and a small group of Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) who fancied taking it on. We live with men who pride themselves on fitness, camaraderie and a sense of humour, occasionally a little of this rubs off! The idea of completing even a small part of the Commando Tests was enough to sell it to us. And the Bootneckettes were born!
I've taken part in the Commando Challenge four times now, insisting on ticking off the 4K, 10k and 15k challenges to earn my medals and although the smell of Woodbury mud will never leave me neither will the sense of achievement and some truly hilarious memories! The Bootneckettes have had a team take part every year since 2010, it's now a tradition! Always made up of RM WAGs, it's helped ladies through deployments, to connect to other women in the same situation all over the country and to forge long standing friendships. We even have our own logo!
The Commando Challenge will always be special to me, it's so unlike any other endurance challenge bringing with it the history of the Corps. Spending the day with the serving soldiers and recruits as well as the many veterans who man the course is wonderful. We've not been without our (minor!) injuries but every lady who has made it through that dreaded sheep dip has walked away a little taller, and quite often gone on to achieve some incredible things!