There only a few days to go until the second annual fundraising fitness event, the Soldier Challenge, takes place
On Saturday 19 May almost 1,000 competitors will take to the streets of central London, completing as many of 35 military themed challenges and check points as they can within a four-hour window.
Those taking part in the Soldier Challenge are all raising funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the charity that supports current and former soldiers and their families, throughout their lives. Combining great fun, logistics planning and fitness, the Soldier Challenge has attracted interest from all over the UK with competitors from as far as Inverness and Jersey taking part and even one competitor travelling all the way from Nashville, Tennessee.
Event organiser, and Youth Committee vice-chairman at ABF The Soldier Challenge, James Vosper-Robinson commented: “Getting out and getting active in unusual ways throughout the Capital is a great excuse to raise some money for charity. With the Soldier Challenge we wanted to bring to life themes of camaraderie, the excitement of true teamwork and test fitness in a totally different way. Competitors will bring the streets of London to life in a way never seen before, and showing your support for Britain’s Armed Forces has never been more fun.”
From 10.00am on Saturday 19 May 2012 teams will conduct dedicated briefings and then depart from an event village in the former international terminal of London’s Waterloo station. As well as challenges that require fitness prowess – such as obstacle courses, abseiling, kayaking, running and climbing – there are also other challenges that are simply good fun, including singing and beer mat flipping.
Teams will run, walk, or take public transport throughout London and rely on the strengths of each other to combat blind-folded events and decipher codes – the teams with the best map reading skills will score highly.
Featured in the Soldier Challenge are iconic London landmarks such as the Tower of London, the Imperial War Museum and HMS Belfast. Competitors will enjoy unprecedented access to these and many more as they tackle what the city has to offer.
Spectators can also get involved and donate to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at all of the checkpoint locations throughout central London. For more information and to donate please visit www.soldierscharity.org
A very limited number of last-chance places remain for the 2012 Soldier Challenge. Teams of between two and four people can sign up at www.soldierchallenge.co.uk