> The Chara Challenge : There Is No Such Thing As Insurmountable Odds

Sunday 8th August 2010
"There Is No Such Thing As Insurmountable Odds."

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LATEST - 30/06/2010 : We invite all competitors to download
The 2010 Chara Challenge Entry Pack
which contains everything you`ll need including the confirmed route, sponsorship forms, etc.
The Challenge

L Coy, 42 Commando RM, Op DIESEL in the Upper Sangin Valley. Photo courtesy of M.O.D.
When : Sunday 8 August, 2010.

Where : Okehampton Camp (administration and start/finish) and Dartmoor National Park.

Race Details :
The event comprises two separate races:
Chara 30 : 30 miles across Dartmoor carrying 32 pounds of weight (not including food or water but including safety equipment) in under 10 hours.

Chara 15 : 15 miles across Dartmoor carrying 32 pounds of weight (not including food or water but including safety equipment) in under 7 hours.

The race will be run entirely on North Dartmoor and mostly within the Dartmoor Training Area (DTA). The exact route is currently being finalised, however, it will start and finish at Okehampton Base Camp. The first 15 miles (Chara 15 and 30) is predominately on range roads, tracks and paths. The second 15 miles (Chara 30 only) is much more challenging, traversing several tors, rock runs and streams. The dreaded "baby heads" will be a feature throughout!

Once the route is confirmed we will post it here. However, please note that we have asked that participants resist the temptation to train on or visit the exact route beforehand, a) to ensure that everyone starts on a level playing field, and b) to ensure participant safety, as live firing occurs within the DTA and access is restricted as a result.

Race Categories :
For each race there are two categories of entrant:
 • Team. 3 – 10 adults (first three finishers counting towards the team’s time).
 • Individual.

If you want to participate in the challenge but don`t want to race then you only need to carry your own food, water and safety equipment.

Entry Fees : £30 per entrant.
Entry fees cover the cost of food (before and after the race), accommodation (the night before the race), the use of facilities at Okehampton Camp, a challenge t-shirt and medal plus any administrative costs incurred by the Chara Foundation. Any surplus remaining after the event is given to the primary charity (SSAFA).

We are looking for each entrant to raise £500 for one of our supported charities: SSAFA, RMCTF, BLESMA and Combat Stress.  This figure is not mandatory but it is a target to aim for – last year the average sponsorship per participant was £707.

Schedule : The outline programme for the Chara Challenge is as follows :
Sat 7 Aug 10 1500 - 1900Participants arrive at Okehampton Camp and complete race administration, e.g. tent allocation, fire orders, etc.
1800 - 1930Dinner
2000 – 2100Race Briefing
Sun 8 Aug 10 0300 - 0430Breakfast
0300 – 0430Race Weigh-in
0440Remembrance Service
0500Race start (Chara 30 and Chara 15)
0800 – 1800Okehampton Camp open for race supporters.
1200Cut-off time for Chara 15.
1200 – 1600BBQ lunch for race participants, supporters and their families
1500Cut-off time for Chara 30.
1600Prize Giving.
1800All competitors and their families to be clear of Okehampton Camp.

Preparation : A sound race strategy, high levels of physical fitness and mental endurance are essential if you aim to complete the Challenge.  Advice on physical training can be found here.  You either have mental endurance or you don't!

Entry : The entry fee is £30 per applicant. Entry fees are used to cover the running costs of the Chara Challenge. In exchange for the entry fee the Chara Challenge will provide accommodation for the night prior to the race (cot in a tent/hangar), food before and after the race, a T-Shirt and a commemorative medal.

If you would like to apply, please download and complete the Application Form then return it to us together with your team member list and cheque (made payable to "The Chara Foundation") at the address shown on our contact page.

You may also like to download and print the combined Information Leaflet and Application Form and post it on suitable bulletin boards.

Once you`ve entered, all competitors can download The 2010 Chara Challenge Entry Pack which contains everything you`ll need including the confirmed route, sponsorship forms, etc.
The Green Beret and Corps Cap Badge : photo courtesy of www.royalnavy.mod.uk.The Green Beret is the mark of a Commando.

To earn the right to wear the Green Beret four tests have to be passed (all tests are conducted in boots and with webbing/rifle weighing 32 pounds):

The Endurance Course - 7 ½ miles across Woodbury Common, through rivers, water tunnels and tunnels in under 73 minutes (72 minutes for Officers).

9 Mile Speed March - 90 minutes.

Tarzan/Assault Course - 13 minutes (12½ minutes for Officers).

30 Miler - 30 miles across Dartmoor in under 8 hours (7 hours for Officers).  GPS navigation equipment is not permitted.  Each team has to carry safety stores that are additional to the default load.
The Chara Challenge is just one of the many worthy activities organised by the Chara Foundation which raises money for Service Charities by running Mass Participation Sporting Events, Adventure Races, Charity Balls and Dinners, Leadership Development Programmes and Team-Building Activities.The Chara Challenge 2010 is raising money for the following charities
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF)British Limbless Ex-Serviceman`s Association (BLESMA)Combat Stress: The Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society
The Chara Foundation : Registered Office: 15 Green Acre, Halberton, Devon, EX16 7FE UK. Company Number: 7146004
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