Are you ready to go Commando?
Posted on March 5th 2018 by Sarah Burden
On the weekend of 13 and 14 October, hundreds of civilians from Devon and beyond will demonstrate their grit and determination by taking on the Royal Marine’s own gruelling endurance training course.
Those who enlist can expect to tackle a course that’s usually reserved only for training elite commandos. They will take on a tough test of endurance that’s famous for rough Woodbury moorland, dark tunnels, muddy pipes and pools, and an underwater culvert. The Royal Marines Commando Challenge includes such adrenaline-inducing obstacles as the ‘Smartie Tube, the ‘Sheep Dip’ and the ‘Crocodile Pit’.
Last year’s event raised over £58,000 and involved almost 1,000 fearless fundraisers whose courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness helped them tackle the world-famous commando tests.
Early-bird entry offer
Civilians who enlist before 3rd April will receive £5 off their entry fee, making the fee for the 5k course just £35 and for the 10K course, £45. Entry fees will go back up on the Tuesday after Easter. Sponsorship is divided equally between Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Royal Marines Charity, while £5 of every entry is donated to Pebblebed Heath for the conservation of Woodbury Common.
“The Commando Challenge is one of our most popular annual events,” says Royal Marines Commando Challenge spokesperson, Caroline Creer. “Although it is an incredible challenge, our Commandos have a great time and we’re so grateful to them for pushing themselves through a really gruelling challenge. The funds they raise make an enormous difference to the communities we serve.”
How to sign up
Those who are ready to get their hands - and everything else - dirty by taking on the famously challenging obstacle course can enlist by visiting the Royal Marines Commando Challenge website.