This week consisted of run through’s for the Commando Tests, which was very arduous. The first run through was the Endurance Course, which lived up to its name. We started early, and the troop took a steady walk to Woodbury Common, to warm us up and get our heads in the game. Upon arriving, kit was weighed and checked off and we set off in our syndicates of 3, running and crawling through tunnels, peters pool and the sheep dip, followed by a 4 mile run back to camp.
The run finished at the 25m ranges, where we had a couple of minutes to pull through and prepare our rifles for the nerve racking shoot which could determine a pass or fail.
The second run through was the Tarzan Assault course, not one for those that are scared of heights. Starts off with the “Commando slide”, and then swiftly moves onto the high obstacles, with a series of ropes, ladders and cargo nets. After the swinging log jump, it’s a run to the assault course on the bottom field through tunnels, up walls and over ropes to finally finish at the 30 foot wall all in 13 minutes.
The following day consisted of the Tarzan Assault course again, and lectures, and then the weekend consisted of the Endurance Course again, however we then had no detail and spent the day recovering ashore.