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Marines Challenge

Event Date:

16 Aug 2019

Event Time:


Event Location:

Loch Ard, Kinlochard , Kinlochard

Royal Marines recruit training is the longest basic modern infantry training programme of any Commonwealth, or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) combat troops. The Royal Marines are the only part of the British Armed Forces where officers and other ranks are trained at the same location, the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone, Devon. Much of the basic training is carried out on the rugged terrain of Dartmoor and Woodbury Common with a significant proportion taking place at night.

The culmination of training is the Commando course. Key aspects of the course include climbing and ropework techniques, patrolling and amphibious warfare operations.

This intense phase ends with a series of tests which have remained virtually unchanged since World War II. Again, these tests are done in full fighting order of 32 lb (14.5 kg) of equipment.

The Commando tests are taken on consecutive days and all tests must be successfully completed. These are replicated as close as possible.
They include but are not limited to;

  • A Nine mile (14.5 km) speed march, carrying full fighting order, to be completed in 90 minutes; the pace is thus 10 minutes per mile (9.6 km/h or 6 mph).
  • The Endurance course is a six-mile (9.65 km) course which begins with a two-mile (3.22 km) run across rough moorland and woodland terrain which includes tunnels, pipes, wading pools, and an underwater culvert. The course ends with a four-mile (6 km) run back. Followed by a marksmanship test, where the recruit must hit 6 out of 10 shots at a 25m target simulating 200m. To be completed in 73 minutes. Originally 72 minutes, these times were recently increased by one minute as the route of the course was altered.
  • The Tarzan Assault Course. This is an assault course combined with an aerial confidence test. It starts with a death slide (now known as the Commando Slide) and ends with a rope climb up a thirty-foot near-vertical wall. It must be completed with full fighting order in 13 minutes.
  • The 30 miler. This is a 30-mile (48-km) march across moorland, wearing full fighting order, and additional safety equipment carried by the recruit in a daysack. It must be completed in eight hours for recruits.


  • All meals, hot and cold drinks during/after each event day
  • Accommodation during the length of the event (sleeping bag req)
  • Transportation of you and your kit to/from airport or train station
  • Full participation in the UK’s newest military event
  • Professionally erected recruits’ marquees in the event village
  • Individual chip timing for course times and official results
  • Exclusive 15% discount code and FREE Sweat test to use online with Precision Hydration
  • Washing, shower and toilet facilities
  • Finishers Medals with exclusive goody bag
  • Finishers’ meal for all participants
  • Emergency medical cover during the race
  • Minimal sleep, high levels of adrenaline
  • Possibly the hardest 48hrs you will ever undertake
  • A well planned and professionally organised event by Event Chimps Ltd

Event Expired

Event F.A.Q

Will you provide a full kit list ?

Yes a full list will be sent 4 weeks prior to the event.

What about special dietary requirements ?

You will be sent a comprehensive questionnaire to complete including a section on dietary requirements.

What is the best way to get to Kinlochard ?

We recommend that you fly in or use the train. You will be collected from the station/airport. If your fairly local then drive in to our secure parking. You will be contacted about travel. We need to know no less than six (6) weeks before challenge start date.

Is there an age limit to participate ?

You have to be over 18 to participate. There is no upper limit.

Do I need to bring food and drink ?

We will be providing food and drink. A questionnaire will be sent to you and you will be asked about any dietary requirements.

What time does the event start and finish ?

The Marines Challenge will start at 2000 on 16th August 2019 and finish at 1400 on the 18th August 2019. You will be sent a time to arrive in your recruit joining instructions.

Will there be first aiders or medics onsite ?

Our planning for this and all our events includes the provision of medical facilities. A full medical team will be onsite for the full duration of The Marines Challenge.

Event Location:

Early Bird:

Total Seat: 288
  • Loch Ard, Kinlochard
  • Kinlochard
  • Kinlochard
  • Kinlochard
  • Joining Instructions will follow
  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:00 - Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:00

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