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Dockyard is setting for charity obstacle race

Teams taking part in a fundraising race later this month will get to see little known parts of the Royal Naval Dockyard as they make their way around an obstacle course.

The Royal Challenge takes place on Sunday, October 27, when teams of three will tackle a 5km route, helping one another to complete the obstacles and make it to the finish line.

Co-organiser Aideen Ratteray Pryse told The Royal Gazette: “We will be in Dockyard and we are going to be running around parts that people don't usually run through. We don't give people details of the obstacles till the day so they don't know exactly what they are doing.

“There is a swim challenge but it is optional and participants can do a penalty instead. The penalties are super-burpees, which are basically a dreadful combination of push-ups and jumping jacks. The challenge might be preferable!”

The event is the latest in a series of obstacle challenges which have raised $95,000 for charity since they were launched last year. Two Island Challenges have been held at Warwick Camp and along the dunes of the south shore, while the Urban Foot Race took place in St George in April.

Organisers hope the Royal Challenge will attract between 150 to 200 participants and raise as much as $30,000 for the Friends of Hope Academy and the Beyond Rugby programme of the Family Centre.

A small portion of the money raised will go to the Spink Family Fund in the UK, to help a couple and their two severely disabled sons.

Co-organiser Jason Correia said: “Doing the event in Dockyard presents fantastic opportunities not found in the other locations. There are new obstacles being included this time too, plus the route is a bit rough as it takes teams around parts of Dockyard that are not all open to the public.

“We have to thank Wedco, the National Museum and the harbour master for working with us on this.”

The winning teams will be determined through a points system where a point is awarded for each charity dollar raised. The charity points are then added to the challenge points teams earn for their time taken to complete the course.

Ms Ratteray Pryse said: “The team members will be reaching out to the community to get pledges of support for their efforts and, in exchange, they commit to completing the course.

“The best part is that you don't have to be super fit to take part, you just need to be willing to try. Charities are finding it tough these days and Royal Challenge is a great way for the community to help.”

It costs $45 for adults to take part and $25 for youngsters aged 14 to 18. There are five team categories: men, women, mixed men and women, corporate and youth. To enter a team, visit www.racedayworld.com.

Challenge participants are encouraged to take the fast ferry to and from Dockyard; it will leave Hamilton that day at 8am.

* Useful websites: www.royalchallenge.net and www.spinkwalk.org.

Aideen Ratteray Pryse

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Published October 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm (Updated October 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm)

Dockyard is setting for charity obstacle race

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