700 TAKE ON THE FIRST EVER COMMANDO EVENT AT HEVER CASTLE
This weekend saw 700 of the toughest men, women and even children (8 years and over) take on the first Commando Series, a 6km/12km 15 obstacle and endurance challenge at Hever Castle in Kent. Tackling exact replicas of the obstacles used by the Royal Marine Commandos at the Training Centre in Devon, participants showed their true grit and determination to make it across the wild terrain course.
The course included the harsh grounds of the Castle’s surrounding forest and took in the unique caves and challenging waterways. Authentic Commando Instructors were on-hand at each obstacle ready to give participants help or encouragement, whether they wanted to ‘just get around’ or be ‘treated like a commando’.
The course record for the fastest time, taking two laps of the route was set by Dean Stattmann from London, in an incredible one hour 25 minutes. Dean totally immersed himself in the experience by also taking on the overnight survival and bivouac experience, sleeping outside in the grounds and learning the guiding principles of survival. Another ‘recruit’ Richard who travelled from Bournemouth to attend the event said, “The event created a great sense of community with everyone helping each other out, the Commando Instructors were tough but the obstacles were fun and the course was brilliant.”
Some of the more well-known obstacles included the dreaded Sheep Dip and a 30m neck deep wading pool but wannabe recruits powered through each test with the help of Royal Marine Commandos stationed at each stop. All the finishers made it to the top of the last obstacle, the 12ft wall, conquering the biggest test of all. Each and every finisher was then rewarded with a Commando Series finisher dog tag.
Blind runner, Alison Mead and her guide GB athlete, Roz McGinty completed the entire course together finishing all the obstacles with the courage of true commandos. Roz says, “Who knew so much mud and water could be so fun. The Commando was simply awesome; tough, well-organised with a fab variety of obstacles.”
The Commando Series is endorsed by national charity partner, The Royal Marines Charitable Trust (RMCT). The RMCT is the overarching Royal Marines charity, which aims to raise funds to help provide a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families. The RMCT is a proud part of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and works closely with The C Group, inspiring business to support Royal Marines in need.
Brian Adcock, Commando in Chief, founder of the Commando Series and ex-Royal Marine comments, “This is the first year we’ve held the Commando and after an incredible response from the public we’re looking forward to hosting several more events across the UK in 2016. Everyone who’s taken part this weekend has showed incredible Commando spirit by getting stuck in, getting muddy and having a great time.”
The Commando Series was organised by the team who host and manage the well-respected Castle Triathlon Series.