Commando Speed March

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History

The route from Spean Bridge railway station to the former Commando Training Centre at nearby Achnacarry Castle is legendary. Arriving prospective Commandos would disembark after a 14-hour journey, load their kit bags onto waiting trucks and then speed march the 7 miles (11 km) to the training centre in full kit with weapon, weighing a total of 36 pounds (16 kg). Anyone not completing it within 60 minutes was immediately RTU'd. This arduous tradition continues (as a fun event) to this day.

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Address

Spean Bridge

Scotland

Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am 1pm
Sun: Closed

Social

Event History. In 1996, it was decided to restart the original World War II Commando speed march to raise funds for the Commando Benevolent Fund, the Airborne Forces Charities among others. It is now an established annual event attracting over 300 entrants a year. The march is held over the original course between Spean Bridge Railway Station and Achnacarry House in the Scottish Highlands. Achnacarry is the home of Donald Cameron of Lochiel who graciously allows us the use of the estate for this event.

Results 2020

Pilgrim Bandits/Ben Parkinson Shield

Mr Dorling Mr Campbell & Mr Caunter


First International (Lt Gen McMahon Shield)

Oblt Heinen (Switzerland)


Youngest Competitor (The Wigley Trophy)

OCdt Cox Birmingham UOTC


1st Female (Cameron Shield)

Capt McIlwraith 105 RHA


1st Place Veteran

Lt Col Stuart 47 Air Despatch


Commendation (The Highland Shield)

Mr G Taylor


Individual Trophies

1st Place Sgt Kaye Parachute Company Staff

2nd Place Capt Howell Commando Logistics Regiment  

3rd  Place Capt Pratt 5 FS Bn REME



Overall Team Results

1st Place Commando Logistics Regiment

2nd Place 13 Air Assault Support Regiment  

3rd Place 23 (PARA) Royal Engineers

4th P COY

5th 131 Cdo Sqn Rep

6th SCOTS DG

7th Ghurka Coy

8th 7 Bn REME

9th 4 PARA

10th 45 Cdo RM

11th BUOTC

12th 21 Engr Regt RE

13th 29 Cdo Regt RA

14th 5 FS Bn REME

15th  2 CS Bn REME

16th 9 Regt RLC

17th 3 Rifles 

18th A Coy

19th 5 Regt RA

20th Corinthians

21st 105 RHA

22nd 3 SCOTS LAD