Ul­ti­mate en­durance course

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping The Hospices -

THEY are tired, cold and cov­ered in dirt but de­lighted to have com­pleted one of the tough­est en­durance cour­ses. This team from Ash­ford not only suc­cess­fully tack­led the Royal Mar­inces course near Ex­eter but raised £2,000 for the Help for He­roes char­ity, which pro­vides sup­port to wounded ser­vice­men and women. Lucy McC­ly­mont said: “We have friends and fam­ily serv­ing so this is a char­ity close to our hearts.” Call­ing them­selves Team In­victa they took part in the Com­mando Chal­lenge, over the same course that is one of four tests that Royal Marines re­cruits have to pass. The fund-raiser is the only time the pub­lic can run the three-mile course, which re­cruits tackle wear­ing 33lb of kit. Ob­sta­cles in­clude Peter’s Pool, which is 40 yards long and chest deep, pitch black tun­nels and the sheep dip - a two me­tre long fully sub­merged set of con­crete pipes. Lucy added: “The re­ally hard part is not the ob­sta­cles them­selves but the task of run­ning three miles cross coun­try in wet, heavy clothes. Team mem­bers were Lucy and Alas­tair McC­ly­mont, Louise Roberts, Matt Hog­bin, Maria Knight, Mike Bayne, Miriam El­lis and Sarah Keane.

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