The Commando Challenge, which originally started as a one-off charitable event, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on the weekend of the 10th and 11th October.
The first event in 1990 drew 80 participants and around £3,000 was raised for charity. By 2013, there were more than 2,000 entrants and the event raised almost a quarter of a million pounds for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and ex-Forces charity The C Group.
The Commando Challenge now comprises three different events – the muddy 4K ‘fun’ challenge, the more gruelling 10K ‘marine’ challenge and the ultimate 17K ‘endurance’ challenge. According to the Commando Challenge organisation you will need, ‘grit, determination and a sense of humour - and the ability to raise funds for our chosen charities’.
One of the most notable entrants this year is Rachel Hall, who is set to be the first paraplegic to tackle the 10K course. After suffering severe injuries in a car accident, Rachel was provided with a motorised wheelchair by the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) and now wants to raise money to help others recovering from injuries.
Her father, Major Rick Hall, works at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone. He said: “Rachel was a budding military helicopter pilot at the time of her accident, so she was very much up for this sort of challenge. Even though she will have to be carried around most of the Commando Challenge course, just sitting up in her wheelchair for long periods takes it out of her so she will be completely pooped on the following day! We are all very grateful for the support we've had and hope to get in raising money for these two worthy causes.”
The event seeks donations for the RMCTF and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Visit the Commando Challenge website for more details.