What is the Royal Marines Commando Challenge?
It's a unique opportunity for members of the public to have a go at the renowned Royal Marines obstacle course. If you're a Royal Marine you will have done it, otherwise you won't get the opportunity unless you enter our event.
When is the event?
In 2018 the Royal Marines Commando Challenge will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October.
Where is the event held?
The event starts at Bicton Arena, Yettington, near East Budleigh in Devon, EX9 7BL. The obstacle course itself is on Woodbury Common with the cross country route for the 10k also taking place across Woodbury Common.
Who are the organisers?
The organisers/owners of this event are Devon Air Ambulance and The Royal Marines Charity.
What charities are being supported?
The organisers/owners of this event are Devon Air Ambulance and The Royal Marines Charity. Net proceeds from the event will be split equally between these two charities. The only other beneficiary is the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, which manages and maintains Woodbury Common where the event takes place: £5 from each registration fee will go towards safeguarding this Site of Special Scientific Interest.
What is the minimum age to take part?
The minimum age for entrants is 16 years old on the date of the event. Entries for 16 and 17 year olds will have to be counter-signed/approved by a parent/guardian. Team Captains must be over 18 at the time of the event.
Is the event stewarded?
Yes, our team of fantastic volunteers marshal the course/s. We also have Royal Marines PTIs (Personal Training Instructors) at every obstacle.
Volunteers also undertake tasks such as registration, water stations and baggage. If you would like to help by volunteering we'd love to hear from you. Simply contact us on 01392 466666 or email us. Alternatively drop us a message via our facebook page.
What facilities are there on site?
We cater for both entrants and spectators by supplying ample free parking, free secure baggage, free changing and free shower facilities. Hot and cold refreshments are available; there are also trade stands and things to do on site as well. Please bring cash as there is a charge for some of these services.
Can I choose my start time?
Although we will always try to accommodate a start time please note due to the number of entries this may not always be possible.
I’m having issues entering online
Please email 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 tell us about the issues you have experienced and also what device you are trying to enter the RMCC on.
I want to enter off line
That’s no problem. Simply get in contact with us and we will pop a hard copy form in the post to you. Ring 01392 466666 or email us.
Can I have a refund?
Entry fees are non-refundable once confirmation is received. However you can transfer your entry to someone else but there is a £10 administration fee available on any such change.
I want to do a different distance – can I swap?
Yes you can. However there will be a charge of £10 to cover our administration fees.
If the event is cancelled
In the unlikely event that the RMCC 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 as a result of that postponement or cancellation. In the event of cancellation online sponsorship monies will be returned to the donor. If you have taken monies re sponsorship personally you are responsible to return this to the donors.
Would you like to volunteer at the event?
If you would like to help out at this event we'd love to hear from you.
Contact us on 01392 466666 or email here.
Can I gift aid my entry fee?
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.
ON THE DAY
5k - please be ready at the runners bus stop at least 45 minutes before your start time 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.
10k - 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 Bicton Arena.
What should I wear?
We recommend you wear something comfortable. A term of entry is that you must wear long sleeves and long length leggings or similar. You can wear fancy dress. We would suggest knee/wrist/elbow pads but they are not obligatory. Supportive footwear is also essential. Make sure you bring a change of clothes. Bins will be provided if you wish to throw away your muddy and wet clothing. If you have any questions please contact us.
There is a FREE baggage area which you will be directed to on the day. This area is secure and manned. Please note all items are left at your own risk and no responsibility can be held for lost or mislaid items.
We have FREE hot showers but we do ask that you don't take too long and ensure any clothing or rubbish you do not want is taken home or placed into the bins provided, outside the changing and shower area.
Is parking available on site?
Yes there is plenty of FREE car parking on site for both entrants and spectators.
Can I camp nearby/on site?
There is no camping available on site.
Where can I stay?
We don't have any recommended places to stay however we would suggest you search 'places to stay near Woodbury Common' in the interim. We hope to have links to share with you in the near future.
We don't charge for spectators and all spectators are welcome. There is no public parking near the course. Please be advised that the terrain to get to and around the course is pebbly, steep and slippery and not suitable for those unsteady on their feet, pushchairs, buggies or wheelchairs.
Bicton Arena where our registration and event village is located is fairly accessible and mostly level though the event marquee is in a field and the ground may be wet and/or slippery depending on weather. Please note that the course terrain is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams and sensible footwear is strongly recommended for spectators wishing to visit the course.