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Commando Series at Hever Castle marks 100 Years since Armistice with Remembrance Ceremony and epic obstacle course

On the 100th Anniversary of Armistice, the iconic grounds of Hever Castle played host to the Commando Series fourth annual obstacle endurance course. Taking place over a wet and windy Remembrance Weekend (10th & 11th November) the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of over 2,000 competitors who turned up to participate for the most momentous and poignant event to date.

As church bells tolled across the country to mark 100 Years since Armistice Day, cannons rang out across the Hever Castle estate to mark a two minute silence, observed by all competitors and crew across the 6km, 24 obstacle course. Led by Edenbridge Vicar Hilary Morgan and Race Director Brian Adcock, a Remembrance Ceremony took place at 11am in the military encampment-style event village, where a bugler played a poignant rendition of The Last Post.

Following a competition ahead of the event weekend, two competitor-designed obstacles added to the endurance course. The creative winning designs paid tribute to real Royal Marines Commando operations in WWI and WWII , with “The Mole”, designed by Daniel Baines and “D-Day Landings,” designed by Lloyd Cooper.

Commemorating the famous WWII mission, D-Day Landings saw a LCVP landing craft carry 100 competitors from the Loggia at Hever Castle across the Great Lake, as Race Director Brian Adcock spoke of the daring mission 45 Commando undertook to land on Juno Beach in Normandy. The new obstacle formed the start of the obstacle course, seeing competitors land on the ‘beach’ and run to the next obstacle under ‘enemy fire.’

Daniel Baines’ “The Mole” commemorated the 1918 Zeebrugge Raid which saw 176 Royal Marines Commandos lose their lives. Inspired by the Tarzan assault course at Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, The Mole tests balance, nerve, team work and dexterity as competitors balance on a gangway before scaling a cargo net to reach the top of The Mole. 

See both of the new obstacles here.

The weekend saw local families and sports teams come together to take on the challenging endurance course together, with Sevenoaks’ FC, Edenbridge Rugby Club, and Tonbridge Juddians RFC all represented over the weekend. Hailed a huge success by competitors, the event has been rated 4.8 out of 5 starts on race review website RaceCheck.com. Lisa Thake, a fitness blogger who has been a fan of Commando Series since its beginning, commented that ‘It’s honestly one of my favourite events,” whilst founder of the obstacle course racing team OCR Wrongens Vince Jones commented, “I’m blown away at just how much this event gets better and better, year on year. Great work Commando Series this is a gem of a race, the team loved it!” 

The event is set to return to Hever Castle on the 9th and 10th November 2019 for another Remembrance Weekend event. Early-Bird tickets for 2019 (just £35 for an adult and £20 for a junior) are available until midnight on Sunday 18th November. Secure an early-bird ticket here.

For more information and pictures please contact:

Andréa Avena

andrea@castletriathlonseries.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Commando Series at Hever Castle marks 100 Years since Armistice with Remembrance Ceremony and epic obstacle course

Commando Series at Hever Castle marks 100 Years since Armistice with Remembrance Ceremony and epic obstacle course
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