Welcome to “Since 1664” 2016. 2014 was a unique Yomp, coinciding with the Royal Marines’ 350th Birthday it was a Yomp to celebrate, so the South Downs Way (SDW) was extended to exactly 166.4KM. 2015 was a reprise, but not for the 350th, but with the realisation that 351 had its own challenges, was all about “growing” the event with the RMCTF to see if over three years we could see it generate a significant percentage of the RMCTF annual needs. In doing so we learned some very valuable lessons. So for 2016, we are doing the 100 miles (some claim 103) of the official start to finish of the SDW, and then a little bit to find suitable start/finish locations. With the minor detours to get to suitable scran points and the inevitable getting lost we just know that all 166.4 KM will get Yomped. There was a debate about Yomping the other way and go Eastbourne to Winchester, though that has it’s own problems. In the end we can confirm we are still going Winchester to Eastbourne, this time finishing at Helen Gardens 200M from the Beachy Head finish!
However, be under no illusion that this is “just” a stroll in the park, even though it literally is a stroll of the whole of the South Downs National Park! Every serving or veteran Royal Marines Commando who has undertaken this Yomp has stated words to the effect that it was every bit as challenging as any of the Commando Tests. The climb (and decent) is the equivalent of 40% of Mount Everest but over 100 miles and in 36 hours. It is almost once around the M25, it is further than London to Portsmouth. It is a huge physical challenge, but it is an even more immense mental test. One foot in front of the other for about 36 hours. Throughout the challenge, you will just need to Yomp 3 miles in the next hour. Well anyone can do that, the challenge is can you do it having done it 31, 32, or 33 times previously? Completing this challenge is something you should rightly be proud of.
Taking place over the late Whitsun weekend of 28/29 May 2016 the Yomp will test the physical and in particular the mental endurance of the toughest Yompers – 90% of this challenge is in the head.
Are you tough enough?
Whilst the event will remain a Royal Marines Charity focused event, we agreed with the RMCTF that outside of a “memorable date” we needed to open it up to other charities to really do it justice. To that extent we have selected a number of relevant charities for whom you can raise funds, subject to them agreeing of course! If your preferred charity is not on the list, then please get in touch – get them to get in touch and we’ll see if we can make it happen.
Appropriate medical cover will be provided and there will be comprehensive marshal support and we hope to add a team of masseurs to assist New Forest Sports Massage and Petersfield Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic to ease your aches and pains. There will be four scran stations en route, plus scran at the finish and at least a further four nutty and wets points. On completion transport back the start for those who need it. The only thing you need to think about is the next mile… 103 times! In fact the mantra is that at no stage will you need to Yomp more than 3 miles in the next hour and surely anyone can walk 3 miles in the next hour?
So if you decide you are tough enough…..
Follow the links to sign up, if you’re not quite Kings Squad ready please see what you can do to help, if you are feeling philanthropic look for the corporate sponsor opportunities, or simply sponsor one of the team members.