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Epic Commando Challenge

Lindsey and Radzi train with Royal Marines commandos and face a gruelling assault course and an infamous mud run.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Over the last 350 years,

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the Royal Marines Commandos have become famous for being

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one of the toughest, fittest and finest military forces on earth.

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Training to become a Royal Marine Commando is gruelling

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and happens right here.

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We're about to join a group of recruits as they try to become

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commandos and experience some of the training exercises they go

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through on a daily basis to try and get a tiny taste of what it takes.

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We're looking forward to working with Lindsey and Radzi to see

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if they've got the fitness to get through the tests

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and also to see if they've got the mental resilience to get cold, wet

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and dirty and just carry on doing, just as our Royal Marines do.

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We're taking on the legendary commando assault course.

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If you want to be a marine, you have to conquer the course.

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Recruits have to complete it in under five minutes,

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carrying the weight of 13 bags of sugar in kit.

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Under the watchful eye of instructor Ben, we just need to get around it.

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Go!

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First up, jumping the two-metre plunge pool.

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Fantastic! Off to a wet start.

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Now, if we're both going to clear this next obstacle,

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we need to work together.

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-Leg over.

-Leg!

-Go on, Linds.

-Cheers, Radz.

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Here we go. Really fast.

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-Go!

-Good. Stay nice and low.

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After the energy-sapping crawl, it's onto the dreaded monkey bars.

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First bar.

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Good effort, Linds!

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Yeah, I'm definitely wet now.

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-Good. OK.

-I'm right behind you.

-OK.

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As we get to the tunnel, every single one of my muscles is burning.

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There's just one more obstacle left.

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Come on, then, Radzi! Come on, then, Lindsey!

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The massive 3.5-metre wall.

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Come on, Lindsey!

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Blue Peter!

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Come on, sprint finish, Linds!

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We are exhausted.

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Guys, you honestly put in a really good effort there.

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Working well as a team. That was good to see. Did you enjoy it?

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Do you know what? I actually really liked it.

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It's like a massive playground, but it's really, really challenging.

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I found that really hard because I'm not the strongest,

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and getting over those walls, I could not have done without Radzi.

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But it was good. We did enjoy it. At least we're done now, right?

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Not quite, I'm afraid.

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If you could just take a look that way, you'll see the estuary there.

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Shall we get a bit muddy?

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The mud run involves recruits running from one point to another

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through the energy-sapping mud for anything up to an hour.

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So if these guys can keep going, following orders in this mud,

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they can do it anywhere. But can we?

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Away we go then, men! Hurry up!

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Get down!

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LINDSEY GROANS

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Trust me, nothing prepares you for the mud.

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THEY LAUGH AND GROAN

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Just crawling through it is so difficult.

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I've never done anything like this.

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That expression, running through treacle, has never been so true.

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This is... Look at that!

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-Roll over!

-As if that wasn't enough...

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How do I look? ..we're told to turn over.

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On your back! Start crawling!

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Push off with your legs! Come on!

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-Push off with your legs!

-Toughest thing I've ever done!

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Ben is not letting us get away with anything.

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Away we go! Come on!

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Let's go, guys! Let's move!

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It's getting more and more difficult to keep going.

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-And we've only been doing this for a matter of minutes.

-Away we go!

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On your feet!

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Start moving! Come on!

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Come on, you two, let's go!

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On your feet! In we go!

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Thankfully, we're called in.

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That was incredibly tough.

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This is hands down...one of the craziest experiences of my life.

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-I can't even speak.

-But for the recruits, that was just a warm-up.

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Now they've got to carry both of us back to dry land.

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On your shoulders! Move!

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-Three, two, one, lift!

-LINDSEY SHRIEKS

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Go, go, go!

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Boys, I'm sorry, Lindsey weighs 30 kilos less than me.

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Their training really starts to show.

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They work as a team and carry us across the mud,

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making it look so easy.

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And here's Radzi. He's home.

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Well done, Radz. Well done, boys.

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We've only had a tiny taste of what it takes

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to cut it in this famous force.

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It's been exhausting, but an absolute privilege.

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Each and every one of these guys are incredible.

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If you look up determination in the dictionary,

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you'll see these guys because they're awesome.

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It has been an honour to be here today.

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Not just as a girl being part of the Royal Marines

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just for 24 hours, but also as Blue Peter presenters.

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-Because this is a rite of passage, isn't it, Radz?

-It absolutely is.

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We've never looked so good,

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and on that note, which way is the laundrette?

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-It's that way.

-Ah.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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