Have you got what it takes to Survive The Yomp and raise life changing sums for Royal Marines and their families?

Individuals and teams are being challenged to take part in Survive The Yomp, the legendary 30 mile hike across the original “Commando Country” in and around Achnacarry in the stunning Scottish Highlands and raise funds for the Commando Spirit Appeal for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

One person who has risen to the challenges is Lt Cdr Samantha Truelove who is looking to put a ladies team together.

Photo: Lt Cdr Samantha Truelove RN

Sam was born in South Africa and went to school in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Coronado, CA, USA.  She worked as a scuba instructor in Egypt for four years before joining the Army Air Corps in 1998.  After a short period as an Air Trooper she commissioned into the Royal Logistics Corps from Sandhurst in April 2000.

Since then, Sam’s career in the armed forces has careened all over the world, taking her into some of the most hostile and toughest combat environments. She has since worked her way though Naval Command and now occupy a senior post as an International Engagement Officer.

“Having worked with the Royal Marines very closely the last two years, I think I truly understand the Commando mind set and spirit (especially cheerfulness in the face of adversity!) and want to show the boys that I am supporting them on their 350th anniversary – but also that the Ladies are good enough to “Survive the Yomp” in the hope that we will look at letting all areas of the Royal Marines be open to women in the future. 

“I have served in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside the Royal Marines and they are the most highly professional, determined and courageous individuals I have worked with, and am proud I am part of the Naval Service and that family. I also want to raise as much money as I possibly can as have seen first hand how devastating some of the injuries/illnesses can be and how they affect the entire family, forever”

While Sam’s biggest fear about the Yomp is letting the team down somehow, she is determined that the ladies can give the boys “a run for their money”.

The details:

When: Saturday 13th September 2014

Where: Achnacarry near Fort William Scottish Highlands

What: 30 mile yomp across the original “Commando Country” in Achnacarry, Scotland. You can choose to carry Commando Kit (40lbs) or Survival kit. You also choose your completion time from between 7 and 10 hours

Cost: £150 entry fee plus fundraising target


If you are interested in joining Lt Cdr Sam Truelove’s women’s team, or want to know more about The Yomp, you can also register your interest www.commandospirit.com or by emailing [email protected]