Forces WAGs to face commando challenge

Friends and relatives of armed forces personnel taking part in a Commando challenge, Front L-R Pauline Grant 35 and Rebekah Lanfear 18  Picture: Paul Jacobs (113549-1)
Friends and relatives of armed forces personnel taking part in a Commando challenge, Front L-R Pauline Grant 35 and Rebekah Lanfear 18 Picture: Paul Jacobs (113549-1)
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CRAWLING through narrow tunnels and racing through mudbaths is not everyone’s idea of fun.

But they are just some of the challenges a group of military wives will face in a bid to raise money for charity.

Sam Tubbs joins 21 other women all supporting their husbands or fathers who are serving in the forces as they take part in the Commando Challenge.

The assault course includes swimming through rivers and a 4km run and takes place in Lympstone, near Plymouth, tomorrow.

The team, most of whom are from this area, is called the Wet and Dirty Wives and the Texting and Tutting Teens.

Sam, 40, from Harcourt Road in Fareham, is supporting her husband Staff Sergeant Mark Tubbs who is at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan working at the hospital. She said: ‘It’s a feeling of real team effort that we have from this and together we get each other through. It’s hard to explain to somebody who hasn’t done it the pleasure that we have from completing it.

‘I’m excited. To be able to share it with so many of my friends is fantastic. It’s real bonding. It’s the most amazing day – a day out for the girls.

‘We have a fantastic day out doing the most ridiculous things that you wouldn’t normally imagine some of these girls doing.

‘It’s a feeling of camaraderie and spending time with your friends and finding out the worst things about each other and the fears that we have.’

The girls will face their fears when they take part, with many suffering from claustrophobia and others from a fear of heights.

The challenge raises money for the Royal Marines charity C Group, the Royal Marine charitable trust fund and the Devon Air Ambulance.

The HMS Collingwood Association is sponsoring the team, which has reached its £1,000 target.

‘It’s important that we raise this money so that we can help people who are injured and their families,’ said Sam.

‘It’s important that we show that we support our troops and we appreciate what they are giving up for us.’

To sponsor the team visit justgiving.com/ wetanddirtywags.