Mighty marines challenge

A team of eight from Ascot Group braved the heat to take on the Royal Marines Charity Bootcamp Challenge.

Sam Cross, Wayne Madge, Stephen Chan, Steph Massie, Aaron Potter, Melissa Larkin, Mike Neath and Ed Frater conquered the tough test to raise money for the Royal Marines Charity, with Ed coming out on top and winning an individual award for accumulating the most points during the day.

The six-hour challenge was held at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club in north Somerset and featured teams going head-to-head over five stations that followed the training and ethos of the Royal Marines.

Due to the intensity of the challenge the team had weekly training sessions with a local personal trainer prior to the event.

Sam Cross, account director at Purplex, said: “It was exhausting, and we were certainly pushed to our limit, but the whole team did really well, and it was all in aid of a fantastic cause. Thanks to everyone who sponsored us – your support is very much appreciated.”

Andrew Scott, CEO of the Ascot Group, said: “To come through such a fierce test was an outstanding achievement and I am incredibly proud of the team. They worked very hard in the weeks leading up to the day and it paid off.

“It was very hot out there but all eight left absolutely everything out on the course and certainly didn’t let the Ascot Group down. I was just glad I was on the side lines watching.”

The team have currently reached just over half of their £1,000 target and some of the industry have donated to the cause.