Can you beat the 45 elite?

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Compete against the absolute elite in a demanding obstacle course supported by Arbroath’s Royal Marine Commandos to raise money for charities with local links - Help Our Wounded Royal Marines and Supporting Arms and the Sandpiper Trust.

A team of 10 Royal Marines who are currently serving with 45 Commando Group will take part in the exhilarating 6k and 12k courses as part of the Lanrick Challenge, in Doune on Saturday July 19.

The exciting yet gruelling course has been set up on the Lanrick Estate and consists of a demanding mix of hurdles set to push participants mentally and physically, similar to the initial training Royal Marines face in Exeter.

Marine Jake Banks said: “We’re no stranger to stuff like this. We experience it during training and even when you come to units, such as 45, we set up stuff like this a lot. We’re especially experienced with the water obstacles!”

The team of Royal Marines from Yankee Company at RM Condor will set the benchmark for running, climbing, wading, jumping and crawling through the beautiful surroundings.

Lt. Col. DJ. CheesmanMBE, RM Commanding Officer of 45 Commando Group said: “The Lanrick Challenge is raising money for two worthwhile causes and will be both a fun and physically testing event for those involved.

“My boys are always up for a challenge and I am sure there will be a lot of people out there looking forward to the opportunity of competing against the mighty Four-Five; and we welcome the challenge!”

Help Our Wounded was set up in 2010 to assist those returning from operational tours in Afghanistan and provides long term financial help, emotional support and assistance with employment to wounded Royal Marines and Supporting Arms following serious injury.

Following the death from drowning of their 14-year-old son Sandy in 2000 Aly and Penny set up the Sandpiper Trust to raise money to equip first aiders and organisations in rural areas of Scotland a Sandpiper Bag, packed with specialist first responder kit.

When medical assistance in such areas is not always immediately on hand, these bags can be lifesaving. At £1,000 each the charity hopes to raise enough to continue saving lives.

The 45 Commandos will also be joining in on the run phase of the 1664 Challenge, which included Royal Marines skiing, sailing, canoeing and running over 4,000 miles to celebrate the 350th year of the Corps. Show your support on July 2 as they run from RM Condor to Broughty Ferry. Visit for more information.




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