Brecon challenge

Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines have taken part in a two-day challenge across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales as part of their leadership and adventurous training skills. Picture: LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston
Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines have taken part in a two-day challenge across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales as part of their leadership and adventurous training skills. Picture: LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston
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SAILORS and Royal Marines tackled a two-day challenge across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales as part of their leadership and adventurous training skills.

They had to walk, cycle, and sail in a challenging test across two days.

The Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster was the fastest in the intermediate category, which meant they had to walk 23km, cycle 29km, and sail for 500m.

Royal Marine physical trainer Sergeant Marvin Williams-Thomas said: ‘The challenge is physically demanding no matter what category you enter. Competitors call on reserves of stamina they didn’t know existed.’

Portsmouth-based teams entered this year were the Fleet Diving Unit, 1710 Naval Air Squadron, HMS Westminster, HMS Sultan, and HMS Illustrious.

They went up against the Defence Medical Services Training Group from Aldershot, the Chivenor-based Commando Logistics Regiment, 42 Commando of Plymouth, and HMS Artful from Clyde.