Clinton’s Commando Challenge team raise £3000 for charity

A nine-strong team from Clinton Devon Estates took part in the gruelling Commando Challenge at the weekend, raising over £3000 for two local charities.


Clinton’s Commando Challenge team raise £3000 for charity

The team, which included the Hon Charles Fane Trefusis, John Varley, Michael Phillips, Rachael Manning, Gaynor Hayne, Amanda Brogan, Tom Houlden, Ben Girvin and Iestyn John, set off from the Rolle Estate Office on Saturday lunchtime, successfully navigating their way across the rough terrain of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, before crossing the finishing line around two hours later. 

Money raised by the Clinton Devon Estates team will go to Devon Air Ambulance and to C Group – a Royal Marine charity for injured servicemen and their families.

The endurance race is organised by the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre at Lympstone and involves steep hills, muddy bogs, gorse and the notorious “sheep-dip” where entrants are pushed through a water-filled tunnel. 

Estates Director John Varley, who has trained for the event, along with other members of the team said: Everyone gave 110% and managed to raise an incredible amount for two really worthwhile charities. Two days later, most of my joints and muscles still ache but we have a great sense of achievement. Who knows, next time we may even do the £17km challenge!”

Neil Erikson of Exeter-based Smile Fitness provides weekly fitness training sessions for Clinton Devon Estates staff. He said: “I’m extremely proud of their achievement in this endurance race. We prepared for it by increasing their strength training and high-intensity training and I encouraged them to practice cross-country running on the heaths. Not only did the Commando Challenge provide the individuals with a goal, it has been an excellent team-building activity too.” 

  • CDE Commando Challenge team
  • CDE Commando Challenge 2013
  • CDE Commando Challnge 2013 team

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

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