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Rat Race Urban Adventure with ABF

#1
Not done one of these myself but I gather that they are pretty awesome. It would appear that Rat Race Adventure have teamed up with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to have an event on 26 Mar 2011.

Full details:

Ever fancied abseiling in the City of London, leopard crawling through Hyde Park or running an obstacle course in the moat at the Tower of London? If that sounds like fun, then register for a London sightseeing tour like no other and get fit army-style with The Soldier Challenge, a new fundraising urban adventure race from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the charity that supports soldiers for life.

The Soldier Challenge will take place in the Capital on 26th March 2011 giving participants the chance to interact with London’s landmarks – many of which are normally off limits to the public – in a rather unusual way! The challenge is open to *all fitness levels and promises to be a fun experience. Teams of between two and four people can complete up to 35 military themed tasks and challenges (as many or as few as you like) in the Capital including an assault course at the side of the River Thames and cargo net climbing at Imperial War Museum.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

'The Soldier Challenge is a brilliant idea. For those taking part it will be a unique way to explore the city, getting you into places you might not normally be able to, and testing your mental agility as well as your physical endurance. Most importantly, it will also be raising money for soldiers, veterans and their families. For their dedication and sacrifice I urge people to give it a go and if you can't, please give generously to this great cause.'

With registration officially open, now is the perfect time to kick start a fitness programme and sign up at Soldier Challenge - For ABF The Soliders Charity - Home .

Every penny fundraised by the participants of Soldier Challenge goes straight to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; supporting soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of real need, throughout their life. The Soldier Challenge is being held to tackle the shortfall in funds seen by the Charity due to the rise in applications for grants, currently on the increase by some 30% due to current conflicts – a major factor being post traumatic stress disorder.

Anyone over the age of 16 can sign up their ‘squad’ of up to four competitors to take part in the first Soldier Challenge Rat Race Adventure giving people the opportunity to tackle a range of high adrenaline tasks around the capital, while at the same time raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

To find out more, or to secure a place, visit Soldier Challenge - For ABF The Soliders Charity - Home.
 
#3
Further to my last it would appear that the lovely Nell McAndrew has decided to give it a go ....

Following on from the high profile launch of The Soldier Challenge attended by HRH Prince Harry and adventurer Bear Grylls, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the charity behind the new fundraising event - is pleased to announce that model and fitness guru Nell McAndrew has signed up to take part.

Nell McAndrew and her team of Army personal training instructors have set themselves the challenge of tackling abseiling in the City of London, leopard crawling through Hyde Park and running an obstacle course in the moat at the Tower of London in the event taking place in central London on 26 March 2011. The team will also be busy fundraising for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the charity that supports soldiers for life, in times of conflict and peacetime.

Nell McAndrew commented:

“Not only is the Soldier Challenge for a great cause, but I am also really looking forward to taking part - the day should be great fun. I think I’ve got a winning team and we can’t wait to tackle challenges at some of London’s most famous historical landmarks.

”Registrations are now open and I urge people to sign up and take part.”

Every penny fundraised by the participants of Soldier Challenge goes straight to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; supporting soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of real need, throughout their life. The Soldier Challenge is being held to tackle the shortfall in funds seen by the Charity due to the rise in applications for grants, currently on the increase by some 30% due to current conflicts – a major factor being post traumatic stress disorder.

Anyone over the age of 16 can sign up their ‘squad’ of up to four competitors to take part in the first Soldier Challenge Rat Race Adventure giving people the opportunity to tackle a range of high adrenaline tasks around the capital, while at the same time raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

To find out more, or to secure a place, visit Soldier Challenge - For ABF The Soliders Charity - Home.
 
#5
It would also appear that they've managed to get Mr Floppy Hair himself onside:

Mayor Boris Johnson took to the saddle in support of the Soldier Challenge in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. 1,000 participants are set to take to the streets of London on 26 March tackling a series of tasks including a cycling challenge on “Boris bikes” at Waterloo Station, abseiling at The Oval and completing an assault course in the moat at the Tower of London.
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#6
For those who missed it, the ABF have released a video:

[video=youtube;sKpUmUsW9EE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKpUmUsW9EE[/video]​

Did anyone here do it?
 
#7
Oh and PR blurb:

LONDON STANDS TO ATTENTION FOR THE SOLDIER CHALLENGE

26 March 2011 - 1,000 people descended on the capital today to take part in the first ever Soldier Challenge, a new fundraising urban Rat Race adventure from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the charity that supports soldiers for life.

The sell out event saw competing teams infiltrate various London landmarks and experience them in brand new ways as they completed as many of the 35 military themed checkpoints and challenges as they could in the designated four hours.

This unique mission included abseiling The Oval Cricket Ground; pulling Land Rovers at Regent’s Park Barracks, navigating a 3D maze onboard HMS Belfast, cycling and paintballing at Waterloo Station, tackling an inflatable assault course in the moat at the Tower of London and even face painting at Gordon Square.

HRH Prince Harry launched the registration for the Soldier Challenge back in November and today the sell-out event again enjoyed high profile support. Prime Minister David Cameron recorded a special video message of support that the participants watched before setting off. The Prime Minister congratulated competitors before adding:

“Let’s remember what this is all about – this is not just a great day out, it’s a chance to say thank you to our brave armed forces and of course, to raise money for the fantastic work done by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.”

Celebrities were also up for the challenge as Model and fitness fan Nell McAndrew and TV presenter Dan Snow, leant support to participants and took on the Capital’s first ever urban adventure race.

James Vosper-Robinson, vice chairman, Youth Committee of The Soldiers’ Charity, commented:

“We are overwhelmed at the level of support The Soldiers’ Charity has received for the first Soldier Challenge and 1,000 competitors have had fantastic fun trying everything from kayaking to even painting their faces with cammo paint! It has been a great demonstration of some of the mental and physical challenges that our servicemen and women face every day and at the same time raise some much-needed funds for the Charity. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in today.”

The first ever Soldier Challenge was organised by Rat Race Adventures, the team behind The Rat Race Urban Adventure, Scotland Coast to Coast and the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest.

Every penny fundraised by the participants of Soldier Challenge goes straight to The Soldiers’ Charity; providing a lifetime of support to soldiers and their dependents, and delivers grants to a whole range of other service charities.

To find out more visit Soldier Challenge - For ABF The Soliders Charity - Home.
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