Royal Marines Commando ChallengeMonday, October 30, 2017
On the last Sunday before half term, myself and six other Woodyer girls (Willow, Beatrice, Cassie, Noemie (French/Swedish, formerly TSI and Summer School), Mandy (Hong Kong, formerly TSI) and Kajol (Italian, directly joined the Senior School)), headed off to complete the Commando Challenge; it would become a very interesting Sunday to say the least.
Lead by Mr Dawson, we crawled through tunnels, wriggled through mud and waded through rivers as part of a 10k course. It took us across the moor including the Sheep’s Dip, which is an obstacle made up of a submerged tunnel through which marines push you (all whilst you desperately try to hold your breath). Though it regularly beats individuals due to the mental strain, we all managed to cross the finish line, albeit exhausted and desperate for the bacon butties awaiting us!
It was a great event both for strengthening friendships and for the causes it supports. We ran for the Royal Marines Charity and the Devon Air Ambulance, here’s why:
RMC provides support for Royal Marines, their families, veterans and cadets. RMC enable Marines and their families to overcome their challenges, from life changing injury or limiting illness, to mental disability, transition to civilian life and even poverty to ensure no one is left behind.
Devon Air Ambulance provides urgent medical assistance to people in Devon. Their two helicopters allows medical support to reach emergency scenes - often inaccessible by road - within minutes. With the support of fundraisers, they save hundreds of lives per year.
I know that we are ready for round two and that Tough Mudder may even be an option. Watch this space!
Daisy Daniel, Student