FAQ

The Answers You Need

When is the event?

2020: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October

How old do I have to be to take part?

I’m having issues entering online

We aim to get your start time to you a week before the event.

Can I gift aid my entry?

There is no obligation to raise funds for our charities, Devon Air Ambulance and The Royal Marines Charity. However, our charities very much appreciate every penny raised.

Raising funds for other charities

Please note: as our charities own and run this event, a term of entry is that you are not permitted to raise funds for any other charity.

Fundraising thank you gift

As a thank you from our charities, if you raise £50 or more, via VirginMoneyGiving or off-line sponsor forms, you will receive a limited-edition t-shirt after the event. The deadline for getting your sponsorship to us is 30 November 2020. The t-shirts are bought to order and will be delivered before Christmas. If you have fund-raised as a team you will be allocated one t-shirt per £50 raised up the maximum of the number of fundraisers referenced on your page. For full terms and conditions see www.commandochallenge.co.uk/Fundraising-gift or ring/email us for a copy on 01392 466666 or fundraising@daat.org

Online and offline sponsorship

To qualify for the fundraising gift, if you have raised £50 or over, this sponsorship should be collected online via our official VirginMoneyGiving page, or off-line.

About the event

Distances

There is a 5k and a 10k course. The 5k is the endurance training course only, with a short walk/run back from the end of the course.  The 10k also consists of a walk/run both sides of the endurance training course.
The 5k entrants are taken by minibus to the start of the endurance training course on Woodbury Common.
The 10k entrants run/walk to the start of the endurance training course from Bicton Arena.
The finish for both distances is the event village at Bicton Arena.

I want to do a different distance – can I swap?

Yes, you can, but there is an administration fee of £10. If you are swapping from the 10k to the 5k you will not be liable for a refund of the difference, as per ‘can I have a refund?’ above.

What is the Royal Marines Commando Challenge?

It’s a unique opportunity for members of the public to undertake the renowned Royal Marines endurance training course across Woodbury Common, near Exmouth, Devon. This is the only opportunity a civilian gets to undertake this unique course, which is usually reserved purely for the Royal Marines recruits, who must pass it as one the tests before being awarded their coveted Green Beret.

When is the event?

2020: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October

How old do I have to be to take part?

You must be aged 16 or over to take part in the Royal Marines Commando Challenge. Entrants aged 16 to 17 years old will need to have their entries counter-signed/approved by a parent/guardian.

Where is the event held?

The event village and start/registration is at Bicton Arena, Yettington, near East Budleigh, Devon, EX9 7BL.

Who are the organisers/owners?

The owners and organisers of the Royal Marines Commando Challenge are two charities: Devon Air Ambulance and RMA - The Royal Marines Charity. However, Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust is also supported, receiving £5 of the entry fee, to support the safeguarding of Woodbury Common, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
 

I’m having issues entering online

Please contact us or ring us on 01392 466666 (Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm) and we will do all we can to help. If you email, please give us as much information as possible including what device you are using to enter.

I want to enter offline

That's not a problem. Simply contact us via email or ring 01392 466666 and we will email or post you an entry form.

I can’t take part any more – can I have a refund?

All entry fees are non-refundable. However, you can transfer your entry to someone else, but there is an administration charge of £10 to cover our costs.

Team Captains

Team captains must be over 18 at the time of the event.

Can I choose my start time?

You can choose two-hour time slot. Please note that if you are part of a team and you select a different time slot to your captain, we will use the captain’s selection. 

When will I get my start time?

We aim to get your start time to you a week before the event.

Can I gift aid my entry?

No, you can’t gift aid your entry fee, but any sponsorship money raised can be gift aided as long as the person donating is a UK tax payer.

Raising funds for our charities

There is no obligation to raise funds for our charities, Devon Air Ambulance and The Royal Marines Charity. However, our charities very much appreciate every penny raised.

Raising funds for other charities

Please note: as our charities own and run this event, a term of entry is that you are not permitted to raise funds for any other charity.

Fundraising thank you gift

As a thank you from our charities, if you raise £50 or more, via VirginMoneyGiving or off-line sponsor forms, you will receive a limited-edition t-shirt after the event. The deadline for getting your sponsorship to us is 30 November 2020. The t-shirts are bought to order and will be delivered before Christmas. If you have fund-raised as a team you will be allocated one t-shirt per £50 raised up the maximum of the number of fundraisers referenced on your page. For full terms and conditions see www.commandochallenge.co.uk/Fundraising-gift or ring/email us for a copy on 01392 466666 or fundraising@daat.org

Online and offline sponsorship

To qualify for the fundraising gift, if you have raised £50 or over, this sponsorship should be collected online via our official VirginMoneyGiving page, or off-line.

About the event

Distances

There is a 5k and a 10k course. The 5k is the endurance training course only, with a short walk/run back from the end of the course.  The 10k also consists of a walk/run both sides of the endurance training course.
The 5k entrants are taken by minibus to the start of the endurance training course on Woodbury Common.
The 10k entrants run/walk to the start of the endurance training course from Bicton Arena.
The finish for both distances is the event village at Bicton Arena.

I want to do a different distance – can I swap?

Yes, you can, but there is an administration fee of £10. If you are swapping from the 10k to the 5k you will not be liable for a refund of the difference, as per ‘can I have a refund?’ above.

Is this event stewarded/marshalled?

Yes, there is a team of fantastic volunteers who marshal the course.  Each obstacle is also manned by servicing Royal Marines (usually PTIs).

What if the event is cancelled?

In the unlikely event that the Royal Marines Commando Challenge is unable to take place due to unforeseen circumstances, the organisers will be entitled to postpone or cancel the event. In such circumstances, the event organisers will email you. Your entry fee will be non-refundable, and the event organisers accept no other liability to you for any costs or expenses you may incur because of postponement or cancellation. In the event of cancellation, online sponsorship monies will be returned to the donor. If you have taken monies re sponsorship in person you are responsible for returning this to the donors.

What should I wear?

A term of entry is arms and legs have to be fully covered. We recommend you wear something comfortable. We would suggest knee, wrist and elbow pads, but they are not obligatory. Supportive footwear is essential. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes. Bins will be provided to throw away your wet muddy clothing, if you wish to dispose of it.  You may wear fancy dress.

What facilities are there on site?

Our event village, is full of various stands, including refreshments. We will also have a dog show on the Saturday. More information is available on our website at www.commandochallenge.co.uk There is also a free secure baggage area, changing facilities and showers.  Please bring cash as there is a charge for some of these services.

Volunteering at the event

If you would like to volunteer at the event we’d love to hear from you. Contact Cara on 01392 466666 or email c.jones@daat.org

Important information for 5k entrants

Be ready at the runners’ bus stop at least 45 minutes before your start time. This is to allow enough time to travel to the start and warm up. Please note, before this time you will need to have been through registration and briefing at the event village at Bicton Arena.

Important information for 10k entrants

Please ensure you arrive at least an hour before your start time to go through registration, briefing and warm up. This will take place at the event village at Bicton Arena.

Baggage 

There is a FREE baggage area on the day. Although the area is secure and fully manned, please note all items are left at your own risk and no responsibility can be held for lost or mislaid items.

Showers

We have free hot showers, but we ask you don’t take too long and ensure any clothing or rubbish you don’t want is taken home with you or placed in the bins provided, outside the changing and shower area. There are also additional limited showers in a block, which will cost 50p per shower.

Parking

There is plenty of FREE parking on site for both entrants and spectators.

Camping

There is no camping on site.

Where can I stay?

We don’t have any recommended places to say. We would suggest you Google ‘places to stay near Woodbury Common’.

Spectators

Spectators are very welcome to come along free of charge. The event village includes lots to do for all the family. There will be a large screen at the event village, so spectators can watch entrants out and about on the course. Not all the course is accessible to spectators, with the remainder being pebbly, steep and slippery and therefore not suitable for buggies, wheelchairs or those less able.

Dogs

Spectators are very welcome to come along free of charge. The event village includes lots to do for all the family. There will be a large screen at the event village, so spectators can watch entrants out and about on the course. Not all the course is accessible to spectators, with the remainder being pebbly, steep and slippery and therefore not suitable for buggies, wheelchairs or those less able.

Accessibility

Bicton Arena and our event village where registration also takes place is accessible and mostly level though situated in a field. Therefore, the ground may be wet and/or slippery, depending on the weather. As mentioned above in ‘Spectators’ the course terrain is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams, and sensible footwear is also strongly recommended for spectators.

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