It was the end of an era on Woodbury Common on Sunday as local event organiser and former Royal Marine Alan Hardy organised his last Commando Challenge. For the past four years Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF) have been the benefitting charities of the event which, over its 25 year history, has raised over £5million for different charities.

Alan, who served for 23 years in the Marines and for a time with Plymouth based 42 Commando, has been successfully running the event for 25 years and throughout that time has sent tens of thousands of participants to get muddy on the famous Royal Marines Endurance Course.

To thank Alan for all of his hard work and to show their appreciation for his support the two charities interrupted his final morning brief at the event to present him with a commemorative Commando Dagger.

This is not the end for the event though as at the end of October the Royal Marines Commando Challenge 2016 will re-launch as a unique and innovative joint social enterprise under the ownership of the two charities, Devon Air Ambulance and RMCTF.  

Photo (left to right): Alan and Mel Hardy

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director for The Devon Air Ambulance Trust commented: “This is the first event on this scale to be run by and for two charities working together and we are all very excited about what lies ahead.”

Richard Kenworthy, Head of Fundraising and Marketing added: “We’re excited to be working alongside Devon Air Ambulance Trust in this unique relationship and look forward to making the event even more successful in the future.”

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