Commando Series returns to Hever Castle this Remembrance Weekend, bringing to life two historic operations with brand new obstacles
Returning to Hever Castle bigger and better than ever, Commando Series will bring two new obstacles to its course on the 10th and 11th November 2018, as the event marks Remembrance Weekend, 100 years after the signing of the Armistice. The two obstacles have been designed by competitors themselves, and are both inspired by historic operations – The D-Day Landings and the 1918 Zeebrugge Raid. Adding to the tough 6km obstacle course, ‘D-Day Landings’ and ‘The Mole’ will test competitor’s speed, teamwork and accuracy, and will bring the thrill of using a landing craft to land on the shores of Hever Castle’s lake under ‘enemy fire.’
The 6km obstacle challenge gives ‘recruits’ of all ages and abilities the chance to experience the mud, sweat and pain of Commando training at one of the most authentic commando courses in the country manned by authentic Royal Marine Commando instructors. Once again, the Commando Series course is endorsed by national charity partner, The Royal Marines Charity, and recruits can take part to raise vital funds for the charity.
‘D-Day Landings,’ is a landing craft experience, based on ‘Operation Neptune’ from World War II – otherwise known as ‘D-Day’. Royal Marine Commandos were transferred ashore on similar vessels from much larger ships during the D-Day landings, whilst having to encounter many obstacles. Recruits will experience the combined thrill and terror of the ramp lowering under fire, having to take cover using hedgehogs, and finally neutralising the enemy. Keep your nerve as you step into the shoes of our WWII Commandos.
Testing Commandos’ speed, balance, team work and accuracy, recruits must balance on a ship’s gangway before launching onto the cargo net and climbing to the top of the mole. All done whilst carrying ‘grenades’, ‘The Mole’ is inspired by the daring 1918 Zeebrugge Raid, encouraging high level performance under pressure. Aiming to neutralise the enemy using ‘grenades’ upon their descent. Recruits must keep their nerve, show dexterity, and maintain a low profile.
See both of the brand new obstacles here.
These additions to the course will accompany the returning training obstacles, such as the Leap of Faith, the Raiders of the Lost Commando and the Gate Vault. Many of the obstacles are exact replicas of the training obstacles faced at Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon and allows the public to experience elements of the official Royal Marines tests on the Endurance, Assault and Tarzan courses. The new obstacles bring the number to twenty-four across the six-kilometre course, which can be completed twice for an epic 48-obstacle challenge. For an even more authentic feel recruits can carry a 21Ib kit of combat webbing and a wooden rifle, and the brave can opt to carry a Commando burgen.
Different Levels of Endurance
Whilst the Commando Series course is tough, challenging and rewarding, different levels of toughness are available to make this event suitable to all ages and abilities. Sign-up to the ‘Just Get Me Round’ option to have authentic Commando Instructors assist you on the course, or sign-up to ‘Treat Me Like A Commando’ to experience the real deal. The ‘We Are Family’ option allows families with children as young as eight to compete together with encouragement from the Commando instructors. This year we are also offering the ‘Gold Ticket’, which includes 21lb of extra commando kit, 2 loops of our commando course, as well as a truly authentic 3 hour survival experience in Hever Castle caves. With the full price of the package worth £145, at only £85 it promises to provide an amazing event experience.
On arrival ‘recruits’ will enter the event village resembling a military encampment where they will change into their Commando Series t-shirts and ‘cam-up’. Recruits are then led into a holding pen for a high energy warm up conducted by an ex-Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor, before getting official ‘orders’ to set off around the course. Conducted with a backdrop of Hever Castle, the historic estate and grounds was originally a medieval defensive castle, the scene is set for a true battle of wills. This year’s event will see a Remembrance Service held on each day.
Brian Adcock, Commando in Chief, founder of the Commando Series and ex-Royal Marine himself knows what it takes to be a commando. He comments, “Over the last few years it has been fantastic to see Commando Series fans grow to love our authentic Commando family course. The obstacle designs we received were inspired, daring and original, we’re thrilled to bring them to life. The Commando Series course has always put our recruits to the test, and the addition of these new obstacles makes an already considerable challenge even harder this year. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck in, get muddy and have fun. We’re delighted to be able to offer this unique course in the grounds of such an incredible venue to so many people of all ages and abilities.”
Standard priced tickets are £55 for an adult entry and £30 for a child ticket, and includes a t-shirt, Commando Series dog-tag. Standard priced tickets will be available until midnight on Monday 29th October.
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