Survival instructor Peter takes RM test

Peter Carson.
Peter Carson.

It’s survival of the fittest for two daring Angus residents as they test their endurance in an arduous 30 mile training exercise designed to test the military’s most elite force.

Peter Carson (48), Montrose, and Becci Paris, from Arbroath, will come face to face with one of the most difficult training exercises encountered by the Royal Marines, when they take part in the Commando Spirit Survive The Yomp challenge.

The Angus residents are among participants from across the world who will be heading to Achnacarry near Spean Bridge in the Highlands to take part in Survive The Yomp on September 12.

They will follow in the footsteps of Royal Marines who trained in the remote and unforgiving terrain to become Commandos and prepared for their pivotal roles in World War Two. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the British Commandos.

Part of the challenge is raising money for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. The training exercise is normally only experienced by Royal Marines Commandos.

Peter Carson, an offshore survival instructor, said: “Commando Spirit Appeal really struck a chord and when I heard about this challenge I thought now is the time for me to sign up and commit to take part. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will push me to the absolute limit, but the thought of raising so much money for such a worthwhile cause will give me the willpower to get through.

“I’ve had a lot of support from family, friends, colleagues and my employers, Falck Safety Services, and now I hope the people of Montrose will get behind me and sponsor my efforts to raise a fantastic sum for the Commando Spirit Appeal for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.”

Sally-Anne Hunter, Commando Spirit Series Founder and Director, said: “Pete embodies everything Commando Spirit stands for – his courage, grit and determination will see him through and the memories he will take from this event will last a lifetime. Everyone involved in the event will be willing him to succeed and we hope the people of Montrose back his campaign.”