The event is growing in strength each year and it is great to see the competitiveness and banter between all the services.

Sergeant Gorman, Adventurous Training Instructor at HM Naval Base Clyde

In addition to the Crusade, the highly competitive Rothiemurchus Challenge also took place on Wednesday 20 September.

The Tri-Service challenge is a four-man team adventure race open to regulars, reservists and URNU members. The contest consisted of a 11km hill walk navigating between a series of check points, a 15km mountain bike ride with check points and finished with a 800m canoe on the beautiful but cold Loch Morlich.

Thirteen teams took part in the challenge - First Mine Counter Measures Squadron (MCM1), 71 Engineering Regiment, HMS Iron Duke ‘A Team’, HMS Iron Duke ‘B Team’, Royal Marine Reserve Scotland, Maritime Battle Staff, 43 Commando Logs Company, 48 Field Squadron 39 Engineering Regiment ‘SQMS Dept’, 48 Field Squadron 39 Engineering Regiment ‘B Team’, MOD Caledonia and 43 Commando O-Squadron.

The winners, with a time of 3 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds were Faslane based 43 Commando O-Squadron, who were closely followed by Royal Marine Reserve Scotland finishing with a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 9 seconds.

The army took third place with 48 Field Squadron 39 Engineering Regiment ‘B Team’ completing the challenge in 3 hours 27 minutes and 51 seconds.

As well as competing in the event, Commander Nick Unwin, Commanding Officer of MCM1, also presented the prizes to the winning teams.

Corporal Joe Donnely, of the winning 43 Commando team said, “We are delighted to win this year’s Rothiemurchus Challenge and even though we knew the area fairly well, as we have conducted adventurous training at the lodge before, we found the event a lot harder than anticipated.”

“The 2017 Rothiemurchus Challenge was a massive success,” said organiser of the event, Sergeant Gorman Adventurous Training Instructor at HM Naval Base Clyde.

“This is the third year the event has run and my first year of organising the event myself. The event is growing in strength each year and it is great to see the competitiveness and banter between all the services.”

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