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?
2018: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October
2019: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October
Where is the event held?
The event villageand 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 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.
ENTERING THE EVENT
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 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.
What is the minimum age for taking 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.
Team captains must be over 18 at the time of the event.
Can I choose my start time?
Although we will always try and accommodate a state time please note due to the number of entries this may not always be possible.
When will I get my start time?
We aim to get your start time to you a week before the event. If you need an early or late start time please get in contact with us asap by email or ring Sarah or Caroline on 01392 466666.
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.
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, you will receive a limited-edition t-shirt after the event. The t-shirts will be delivered after the event (by mid-December). If you have fundraised 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. Full terms and conditions here.
Online and offline sponsorship
Links to JustGiving and VirginMoneyGiving pages are provided to entrants on confirmation of entry. However if you would prefer hard copy sponsor forms please contact us.
ABOUT THE EVENT
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 that arms and legs should be fully covered. We recommend that you wear something comfortable. We would suggest knee, wrist and elbow pads, but they are not obligatory. Supportive footwear is also 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.
AT THE EVENT
What facilities are there on site?
New for 2018: event village, which includes things for all the family to enjoy, such as an inflatable assault course for children, refreshments, licensed bar, Aston Martin Bristol, climbing wall and the Devon Air Ambulance helicopter, subject to operational duties. More information on the events village here. 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 use our contact us form.
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.
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.
We have free hot showers, but we do ask that you don’t take too long and please ensure any clothing or rubbish you don’t want is either taken home with you or placed in the bins provided, outside the changing and shower area.
There is plenty of FREE parking on site for both entrants and spectators.
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 are very welcome to come along free of charge. NEW for 2018: 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. We don’t recommend spectators go up onto the course as there is no public parking. The terrain to get around the course is also pebbly, steep and slippery and not suitable for those unsteady on their feet, pushchairs, buggies or wheelchairs.
You are welcome to bring your dogs, as long as they are kept on a short lead and clear up after them. Why not enter them into our event village dog show too? More information to follow.
Bicton Arena and our event village where registration also takes place is fairly 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.