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Rugby ex-marine sets aim on gruelling charity challenge

Rugby Editorial 9th Jul, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

COMMANDO-style training exercises will be faced by Rugby man Leon De’Amoko in a gruelling charity challenge.

An arduous 30 mile training exercise designed to test Royal Marines Commandos – the military’s most elite force – will be 43-year-old Leon’s test – The Commando Spirit ‘Survive The Yomp’ challenge.

The challenge is part of the Commando Spirit Series of fundraising challenge events raising funds for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Leon told the Observer: “My initial drive for this event stems from being a Royal Marine back in 1990 and not completing the 30-miler back then some 25 years ago. This is an opportunity for me to complete some unfinished business, but also to raise money for an extremely good cause.”

Leon, who runs an IT business, is one of the brave participants from across the world who will be heading to the highlands of Scotland in September to take part – endeavouring to raise between up to £5,000 for the Commando Spirit Appeal.

He said: “I’ve already had a lot of support from family, friends and colleagues and now I’m hoping the people of Warwickshire will get behind me too and sponsor my efforts to raise a fantastic sum for the Commando Spirit Appeal for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

“I’m also calling out to anyone in Warwickshire to join me. If you want to create history and be part of this once in a lifetime experience, join me in Commando Country and we will get through it together!”

Leon has been vigorously training for the event already, undertaking similar running challenges including the Reaper Run.

Sally-Anne Hunter, Commando Spirit Series Founder and Director, said: “Survive The Yomp should not be underestimated. This is one of the most physically and mentally demanding challenges which is why it is the final test all Royal Marines Commandos face to gain their green beret.

“All of the Survive The Yomp participants from Warwickshire have made a big commitment and for that we are both grateful and delighted to have them on board.”

Visit www.commandospirit.com for more information on the challenge or visit www.justgiving.com/Lees-Commando-Challenges to help support Leon.

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