The aim was to follow the route of the final test for all Commando forces, the formidable 30 miler. And to raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity, http://www.headway.org.uk/home.aspx.
Lyons Davidson LLP, under the leadership of former Royal Marine, and long-term client of PT-Troop, Trevor Still, set themselves the ambitious target of rasing £100, 000 this year for the charity.
Tom Rendell agreed to lead the group around this challenge. Navigation and group cohesion were very challenging from the start – the visibitly meant Tom had to follow a straight line compass bearing though “Galvin Mire”, and area riddled will deep mud, and lumpy tussocks of grass, meaning the group all went up to their knees at least in filth. 8 miles into the yomp, we pinpointed Scorhill Circle without the aid of GPS, and were refreshed by the support crew.
The second leg was perhaps the most demanding, physically, mentally and navigationally due to the continued fog. A series of false summits known to Royal Marines as “The Rollercoaster” continued for over 4km. On our arrival at Bennetts Cross, we were an hour behind schedule, but everyone was determined to catch up.
The arrival of the sun, plus some easier terrrain assisted this no end, and moralle soared as the group grew in confidence.
Some hours later, we descended off the open moor as the sun set, having got everyone around safely and before dark!