29 September 2020

Sportsister tests: The Commando Series

October 14, 2015

On 10 September I spent the morning running, climbing and crawling through the beautiful, unspoilt grounds of Hever Castle in Kent, making my way through, up and over 15 gruelling obstacles, pushed on by three Royal Marines. I was there to trial a new 6km obstacle challenge like no other – the Commando Series. It also happened to be my 25th birthday and, bathed in “we’re-so-lucky-with-this-weather” sunshine, it was definitely one to remember.

Open to everyone from Saturday 14 November, the Commando Series gives all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience the mud, sweat and pain of real, modern-day, commando training. Many of the obstacles are designed to be exact replicas of the official Royal Marines’ Endurance, Assault and Tarzan tests, held at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon. The course is endorsed by the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and offers a breath of family-friendly fresh air in the Obstacle Course Racing scene.



On arrival we were taken to the event village to change and cam up. Excitement built as we pulled on camouflage and painted our faces, quickly getting into the military spirit ready for what lay ahead.


First up was an old fashioned warm-up, conducted by legendary Motivator in Chief and ex-Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor, Bart, before we were sent on our way. The route leads through the historic estate and grounds of what was once a medieval castle, making it the perfect setting for a true battle of wills.

We had been given the choice of how fast we wanted to go and how we wanted to be treated through the course – with the options of ‘just get me round’, ‘family-friendly’ or ‘treat me like a commando’ appearing at online entry stage. For those who want it, a breathtakingly tough assault course will put you through your paces; for others, there are less challenging variants on each obstacle that will still test your resolve.


In our group the front-runners could race ahead, but we stuck together as a group to encourage, wait for and cheer each other on at every hurdle. The woodland course demands that everyone digs deep to become a Commando Series finisher; the feat is made sweeter by team spirit and support.

Bove: Sportsister’s Steph – far right

The Obstacles – my favourite five:






I absolutely loved the course. It was tough but perfectly paced with an exciting mixture of obstacles that kept us all on our toes, tummies, elbows, backs… I finished soaked through with commando paint, mud and a great big smile on my face.


The route takes you through natural, wild terrain – forests, caves and streams – and this was probably my favourite aspect of the course. It was a real treat to be in the woods and out of the city and I would thoroughly recommend the Commando Series to everyone.


I was lucky enough to meet Brian Adcock, founder of the Commando Series and ex-Royal Marine himself. Hearing his story brought to life the history behind the course. I was amazed by his nine-year-old daughter Esther, who whizzed her way around the course, showing us all how it’s done.


Brian says: “This course will put any recruit to the test, whether they take on the tougher challenge or the course modified specially for our younger competitors. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck in, get muddy and have fun. We’re delighted to be able to offer this unique course in the grounds of such an incredible venue.”

Stephanie Tait, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Do you have what it takes to be a Commando?

Tickets: £75 for adults and £40 for children.
For more information and race registration:  www.commandoseries.co.uk
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