Over 700 men, women and children took part in the first Commando Series on Saturday 14 November. The course at Hever Castle in Kent consisted of a 6k or 12k obstacle and endurance challenge.
Participants tackled exact replicas of the obstacles used by the Royal Marine Commandos at the Training Centre in Devon. The course included the harsh grounds of the castle’s surrounding forest and took in the caves and waterways. Authentic commando instructors were on-hand at each obstacle ready to give participants help or encouragement.
Feature obstacles included the Sheep Dip and a 30m long neck deep wading pool. All the finishers made it to the top of the last obstacle, the 12ft wall, conquering the biggest test of all. Each finisher was then rewarded with a Commando Series finisher dog tag.
Entrants could also immerse themselves in the experience by taking on the overnight survival and bivouac experience, sleeping outside in the grounds and learning the guiding principles of survival. The course record for the fastest time, taking two laps of the route was set by Dean Stattmann from London, in 1:25.. 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.