Teenager Justine leads the way in gruelling commando test
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