Torrington fire fighters complete Marine test

FOUR Torrington fire fighters have completed the arduous Commando 999 yomp across Dartmoor – the final task facing Royal Marine recruits before winning their green beret.

Fire-fighters Jason Golder, Daryl Anderson, Raoul Ord and Justin Matthews set off from Okehampton Army camp at 7am to follow a 30 mile route that took them through rugged and exposed moorland terrain.

There was plenty of grit, determination and banter, not to mention sore legs and feet – but the quartet managed to cross the finishing line at Moorland Bridge at 5pm. They were all awarded the Commando 999 Challenge Gold Medal for their effort.

“It was a brilliant day and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and in true fire-service tradition we all supported each other whenever one of us found the going tough,” said Jason.

“What also made it worthwhile was managing to raise �1,300 through sponsorship for the Fire-fighters Charity and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us and also to Torrington businesses for their support.”

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