The Race the Sun Challenge
12:01am 31st May 2012
Hundreds of soldiers from all over the UK are taking part in a race around the city of York and North Yorkshire in a national sporting event later on (Thursday 31st May 2012)
Twenty five teams of men and women will take part in the fifteen-stage 'Race the Sun' challenge.
From sunrise they will run, cycle, march, swim and canoe over 182 miles of North Yorkshire's most scenic roads, forests, rivers and lakes completing the course before sunset.
The legs include a hill run up the steep Sutton Bank, a mountain bike ride through Cropton Forest up on to Levisham Moor, a Forced March with heavy pack to Rievaulx Moor and a swim across the Great Lake at Castle Howard.
The day's finale will be a three kilometre stretcher race carrying a 40 kg load around Imphal Barracks, Fulford.
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Vaudin, the Commanding Officer of 2 Signal Regiment based in York, which is hosting and organising the event, said:
"Race the Sun is an arduous challenge that tests the mettle of the soldiers competing in a number of ways - their physical stamina, their teamwork and their sheer determination.
"These characteristics are what we demand of our soldiers in Afghanistan and events like Race the Sun directly contribute to operational effectiveness."
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