Introducing the Royal Marines Commando Challenge
Posted on February 26th 2016 by Sarah Burden
The Commando Challenge has taken place on the Royal Marines Endurance Course on Woodbury Common for the past 25 years, in this time thousands of people have crawled, ran, swam and struggled through the mud and obstacles of the famous assault course, all in the name of charity.
For the past four years Devon Air Ambulance Trust and The Royal Marines Charity have been the benefitting charities of the event which, over its 25 year history, has raised over £5million.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust and The Royal Marines Charity are delighted to be re-launching the Royal Marines Commando Challenge this year with a new name and exciting new brand. This partnership between the two charities is a unique and innovative joint social enterprise, a first in the charity and event sector.
Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director for The Devon Air Ambulance Trust commented: “This is the first event on this scale to be run by and for two charities working together and we are all very excited about what lies ahead.”
Jonathan Ball, Chief Executive of The Royal Marines Charity added: “We’re excited to be working alongside Devon Air Ambulance Trust in this unique relationship and look forward to making the event even more successful in the future.”
Royal Marines recruit training is one of the longest training programmes of any combat troops, the full phase of this training takes place at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone Devon. This intense phase of training ends with a series of tests, which are famous the world over and known as The Commando Tests.
The Endurance Course, the first of the tests, takes you across the rough moorland and woodland of Woodbury Common near Lympstone in Devon, which includes tunnels, pipes, wading pools and an underwater culvert.