Portsmouth resident and parents win award for fastest time in Commando challenge

CHALLENGE Will Lockyer and his parents, Sarah and Martin, with Zach the dog, at Spean Bridge
CHALLENGE Will Lockyer and his parents, Sarah and Martin, with Zach the dog, at Spean Bridge
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A Portsmouth resident and his parents have won the award for fastest team at the Survive the Yomp challenge.

Will Lockyer and his parents Martin and Sarah, along with their dog Zach, took part in the 30-mile trek along the Scottish Highlands as part of the Commando Spirit Series.

The series consists of fundraising events that so far have almost reached the £1m target in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

The challenge took place in and around Spean Bridge, home to the iconic Commando Memorial. The challenge is designed to test the military’s most elite force and is normally only experienced by Commandos in order to gain their coveted green beret.

It gives insight into what it means to be a Royal Marine Commando and raises life-changing sums for Royal Marines and their families.

Martin Lockyer said: ‘To be recognised as Fastest Team was a real surprise and I am honoured to be the custodian of this special award for the next 12 months.

‘It will have pride of place on our mantelpiece. Not many fundraising events are quite so challenging, exhilarating, and life-changing whilst raising huge sums for such a worthwhile cause, as Commando Spirit’s Survive The Yomp.

‘It is a fantastic experience and a privilege to spend time with the Royal Marines and be acknowledged for our small part in the event.’

Sally-Anne Hunter, Commando Spirit Founder and Director, said: ‘Alongside the demanding training commitment, all participants must also commit to raise significant sums for the Commando Spirit Appeal.

‘The desire and determination shown to raise this money is a fitting tribute to those who risk their lives serving our country.

‘I hope the people of Hampshire will get behind their fundraising efforts for the Commando Spirit Appeal on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and continue to support their final push to reach their target.’

To take part in a challenge visit commandospirit.com/Contact.stm.