The Commando Challenge

The Commando Challenge

The Commando Challenge is your chance to have a go at the world famous Royal Marines’ ‘Endurance Course’.

At the end of basic training, Royal Marines have to pass 4 ‘Commando Tests’ to win their coveted Green Beret and become fully trained Commandos.

One of these tests is to run the Endurance Course in full kit (weighing 32lb) and then run back to base, (6 miles in total) in less than 72 minutes. At the finishing line a recruit then must fire 10 shots at a target and score at least 7 out of 10. If he doesn’t he fails the whole thing and has to re-run it!

Again, please don’t let all this put you off! You will not have to wear any extra kit and you can just make your way around the course at your own pace having fun.

This is the only time that civilians ever get the chance to have a go at The Endurance Course so this really is a rare opportunity!

The website for this event is if you want to take a look.

The Plan

We’ll meet in the car park of The Holyhead Pub, Coventry, CV5 8JN, at 0700 on Saturday 14th October. From there we’ll make our way to Woodbury Common, Devon, where the event is held.

On completion of the event, our coach will take us to the Royal Beacon Hotel in Exmouth, where you can spend the evening as you wish. Although only a small seaside town, Exmouth has quite a decent night life if you fancy a night on the razz!

We’ll set off back to Coventry after breakfast on the Sunday morning, hoping to be back around 1400.


The cost for transport and dinner, bed and breakfast in the hotel is £90 per person. You will then need to purchase your ticket to the event separately. DO NOT DO THIS YET. The organizers have offered us a group discount depending on how many people we get involved. Please just get your deposits in for now and we will arrange entrance fees afterwards.

How To Get Involved

Fund Raising And Free Places

You DO NOT have to raise money to attend any of these events. It is 100% voluntary.

However, Zoes Place Baby Hospice is the official charity of Go Commando Bootcamp. If you do decide to get sponsored to attempt any of these events, we would very much appreciate it if you could donate any money raised to them. Again, this IS NOT compulsory.

Zoes Place have offered to cover the costs of anybody who plans to raise money for them – on the condition that you pledge to raise double the amount you’re given. For example, the cost of the Pen-Y-Fan Expedition is £20. So, as long as you pledge to raise at least £40, Zoes Place will pay for your place. This offer applies to all of our challenges except ‘The Peoples Run To Remember’.

Securing Your Place

For The Commando Challenge we will have a maximum of 46 places available. These will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. A deposit will secure your place(s) as follows:

The Commando Challenge – £30 deposit

So, this is what you need to do. Check out the details of all our events and decide which one(s) you want to do.

Then, take an envelope, write on the envelope your full name, email address, telephone number and the event or events you wish to attend. If you are attending with your partner/spouse you may put all the money in the same envelope but please ensure details of both people are written on it. Staff have been instructed not to accept any envelopes with these details missing. Hand your envelope in to a Venue Manager only – Lee, Sam or Earl.

Once you have paid your deposit, you may pay off the rest of the money owed in installments of your choice. To do this, just put the money in an envelope with your name on and hand it to Lee, Earl or Sam only.

You will have until Friday 1st September to pay in full for the Commando Challenge trip.

If you subsequently drop out of an event you have been paying for, you will only get your money back if we can find someone else to take your place.

In the event that we do not get enough interest in a particular event, you will have one of two options.

  • The people who do wish to attend will be asked if they want to pay a little extra to cover the transport costs so that the event can go ahead.
  • If this is not viable, then the event will be cancelled and everybody will get all of their money back, including the deposit.

As you can understand, organizing all of these events is a major undertaking. It will become a massive headache if people put their names down, then drop out, then want to change events, keep asking for their money back etc; etc; please can you have a careful think about what you want to do, check you are available on the required dates, pay all your money as soon as possible and not drop out! Thank you!


On all of these trips you will be required to share a room with another person. This may be a double or twin room. Obviously we will not put a male in a room with a female unless they both want to!

If you wish to share a room with a particular person, please write their name on the envelope you hand your deposit in in.

Who is eligible?

Any current paying member of Go Commando Bootcamp is welcome on these events, as well as their partner/spouse. If you intend to bring your partner/spouse then please ensure that they are physically capable of completing the event you want to do.

If we do not get sufficient uptake from members of Go Commando Bootcamp then we will contact Zoes Place and see if any of their supporters want to come along.

If there are still places available then the events will be opened up to the general public. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates.