Khaki runners are set to run amok at Hever Castle in Kent with the hosting of the Commando Series 6K obstacle race later this year. This is the first time the event - set for Saturday 14 November - will take place within the picturesque grounds of the historic English castle. It gives participants the opportunity to experience the mud, sweat and pain of real, modern day, commando training, taking on 15 gruelling obstacles over a “wild” terrain course.
The endurance obstacle course is endorsed by, national charity partner, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Many of the obstacles are designed to be exact replicas of the training obstacles faced at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon, including a 30m neck deep wading pool and the dreaded Sheep Dip.
The Commando Series allows the public to experience elements of modern day commando training by using replicas of many of the Royal Marines Endurance, Assault and Tarzan courses. With a chance to discover if they have what it takes to be a real commando, each section of the wild, woodland course demands that each participant digs deep to become a Commando Series finisher.
The event is open to both adults and children aged 8 and above, with the hard core event taking place in the morning and the family friendly event taking place in the afternoon.
On arrival ‘recruits’ will enter the event village resembling a military encampment where they will change and ‘cam up’. Recruits are then led into a holding pen for an old fashioned warm up conducted by legendry Motivator in Chief and ex-Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor, Bart, before getting official 'orders' to set off around the course.
Brian Adcock, Commando in Chief, founder of the Commando Series and ex-Royal Marine himself knows what it takes to be a commando. He said: “This course will put any recruit to the test, whether they take on the tougher challenge or the course modified specially for our younger competitors. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck in, get muddy and have fun. We’re delighted to be able to offer this unique course in the grounds of such an incredible venue.”
Early bird tickets are priced at £55 for adults and £30 for children until the end of September. Tickets purchased from 1 October will be priced at £75 for adults and £40 for children. To find out more visit the Commando series website.