Teenager Jus­tine leads the way in gru­elling com­mando test

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A TEENAGE girl beat 300 men and women in a gru­elling com­mando en­durance test run by the Royal Marines.

Jus­tine Pellew-Har­vey, 16, and run­ning part­ner Amelya Lind­say – a pro­fes­sional per­sonal trainer – were first home in the 10km Com­mando Chal­lenge over the course that forms part of a test re­cruits must com­plete to gain the cov­eted green beret.

The pair fin­ished the cross-coun­try race on Wood­bury Com­mon in East Devon – in­clud­ing crawl­ing through pitch-black, mud-soaked pipes and wad­ing and swim­ming through pools – in 45 min­utes.

Jus­tine said: “The ob­sta­cles were very chal­leng­ing. The hard­est was prob­a­bly the sheep dip – a 3m-long and nar­row tube com­pletely un­der wa­ter and we had to hold our breath and swim through it.”

The event of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity for civil­ians to try out one of the tests re­cruits at the Com­mando Train­ing Cen­tre, Lymp­stone, have to pass.

Jus­tine Pellew-Har­vey on her way to vic­tory in the Com­mando Chal­lenge

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