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Are you brave enough to take on Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 July 2017

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

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Tackle mud, marshland and tough obstacles in course designed by Chivenor commandos.

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

People are being given a chance to ‘go commando’ and take on a muddy tough obstacle course set over 10km of punishing terrain.

Registration is now open for North Devon Hospice’s Mission:Unbreakable, which returns for a third year on Sunday, October 15.

Competitors will have to negotiate mud, marshland, rivers, steep hills and dozens of gruelling obstacles on a course designed with help from commandos at RMB Chivenor.

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

Among the new obstacles planned for the event at North Molton Sports Ground is ‘Skyfall’ which will see participants shimmy upside-down along a single pole, suspended high over a tank of iced water.

Other course highlights include an energy-sapping mud crawl under barbed wire, leaping over a raging fire, and holding your breath through an underwater tunnel for the infamous sheep-dip.

Captain Olly Clark, from 24 Commando Engineer Regiment, said: “I know there are some other surprises planned, but this looks particularly awesome. Skyfall will be the last obstacle of the course, so fatigue will be a factor, but the prospect of falling into a tank of icy water should be enough motivation to cling on to the pole.”

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

Capt Clarke added: “Mission:Unbreakable is not about being the quickest, the strongest or the fittest. It’s about showing the determination to face your fears and complete the course.

“You have to dig deep and show real character, and that’s what makes it such a fantastic event. But the rewards are obvious, because it is also a whole load of fun and you get a real sense of satisfaction at the finish.”

All proceeds from the event go to North Devon Hospice. It is hoped that £80,000 will be raised to help support the care provided in people’s own homes.

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

Head of care at the hospice, Keely Dempsey, said: “Our teams travel more than 80,000 miles each year providing care at home to patients and families right across North Devon.

“In fact, most of our care is provided at home, which includes specialist clinical nursing and hands-on care right round the clock.

“We’re able to support the community thanks to the generous support the community give to us. So please help us care for local people by signing up to Mission:Unbreakable.”

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

The event is once again sponsored by Toller Beattie Solicitors and Mark Roome, a partner at the local law firm, will be among those competing.

“This is my third time taking on Mission:Unbreakable, and I can’t wait,” he said.

“The Toller Beattie team is ready to tackle the course and we’re thrilled to be part of one of North Devon’s biggest and best events.

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

“It’s definitely a challenge, but it’s also great fun so I can thoroughly recommend getting involved.”

Sign up before September 1 for the early bird price of just £30. Register at www.missionunbreakable.org.uk

Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed Competitors have a muddy good time at last year’s Mission:Unbreakable in aid of North Devon Hospice. Picture: Contributed

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