Over 100 civilians from across the world, some travelling from as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada, headed to the Scottish Highlands to take part in Commando Spirit’s Survive The Yomp, which is supported by EventScotland (part of VisitScotland) and the Highland Council.
Part of the Commando Spirit Series of fundraising challenge events that have to date raised almost £1M, this 30 mile training exercise is designed to test the military’s most elite force and is normally only experienced by Commandos in order to gain their coveted green beret.
The stunning Highlands of Scotland was again the setting for the annual Survive The Yomp and the 30 mile challenge took place in and around Spean Bridge, home to the iconic Commando Memorial, and Achnacarry Castle. Participants supported by serving Royal Marines from 43 Commando, former Royal Marines including members of the RMA Highland Branch and civilian staff and volunteers, followed in the footsteps of thousands who trained in the remote and unforgiving terrain to become “Commandos” and prepare for their pivotal roles in World War II. It was especially important and poigant this year as 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the British Commandos.
Sally-Anne Hunter, Commando Spirit Founder and Director, said: “Like all our challenge events, Survive The Yomp is tough and as close to real life military training as it can get. Participants get a glimpse into the life of a Commando and I was yet again immensely impressed by the shear guts, determination and courage of all our participants in completing the challenge and raising life changing sums for those in need. This year’s Survive The Yomp was our largest yet and we are already planning for even more participants next year!
We are delighted to recognise individual and team achievements and Awards were given to those that most embodied the Commando Spirit qualities of Courage, Determination, Unselfishness and Cheerfulness as well as to the Fastest Individual, Fastest Team and new Social Media Prizes. At the end of the year we will also be giving out our most coveted Award to the Top Fundraiser.
All participants however deserve recognition as Survive The Yomp remains one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges around, and continues to prove to be a real test of character with memories and a sense of achievement for the participants that will no doubt last a lifetime.”
Commando Spirit Series offers participants a rare insight into what it means to be a Commando today. Commando Spirit participants get the chance to test their courage and character against some of the most formidable aspects of Commando training, be supported through their experience by our serving and former Royal Marines and help raise life changing sums for those in need.
Sally-Anne continued “I am always humbled and honoured to work with our former and serving Royal Marines and I would like to give a special thank you to all those who gave up their weekend to support the event as well as all our civilian volunteers and staff.”
Major General Martin Smith, Commandant General of the Royal Marines said:
"I am delighted Survive The Yomp yet again takes place in iconic Commando Country and take us back to our old ‘yomping’ ground in and around Achnacarry and Spean Bridge, Scotland. I congratulate all this years participants for completing the 30 miler, and extend my gratitude for their tremendous fundraising efforts to date."
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said:
“Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and Survive the Yomp presents participants with the fantastic opportunity to put their endurance to the test, while raising funds for charity, in the spectacular setting of the Scottish Highlands. We are delighted to have supported this year’s event and congratulate Commando Spirit and their team and all participants on their efforts.”
The beneficiary of the Commando Spirit Appeal for 2015 is the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and they are dedicated to providing a better quality of life for the Royal Marines Family. As such the RMCTF has probably the widest purposes of almost any Service charity – helping the wounded and injured; providing support for those still serving by funding decompression activities, homecoming events and memorials; providing through-life support to those who have left the Corps or have lost loved ones. Quite simply, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund will help when others cannot.
For more information on the Commando Spirit Appeal or to take part in next year’s challenges including Survive The Yomp (10 September 2016), please visit www.commandospirit.com.
To donate to the Commando Spirit Appeal for the RMCTF please go to http://www.justgiving.com/CommandoSpirit