Commando-style showdown on Exmouth beach will aid mental health and wellbeing cause

A commando-style showdown coming to Exmouth beach at the end of April will feature 150 competitors pitted against each other in a host of gruelling challenges.

The Commando Beach Assault, on Saturday, April 30, from 9am until 6pm, will feature a series of demanding Royal Marine-inspired fitness tests on and off Exmouth beach.

The event, at Orcombe Point, will feature teams of five taking part in displays of physical and mental resolve, ending with an award ceremony, all in aid of Exmouth not-for-profit mental health and wellbeing organisation RV-ONE.

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Some of the challenges set at the 2018 event.

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Photo: Fran McElhone/Dotty Creative.

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Photo: Fran McElhone/Dotty Creative.

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Photo: Fran McElhone/Dotty Creative.

The event has been organised by Royal Marines physical training instructor, Sergeant Tom Merriman from Exmouth, in memory of his friend and fellow Commando, Corporal Alexander Tostevein, who took his own life.

Sergeant Merriman said: “Physical fitness has always been part of my life and helped me stay focused and keep strong mentally. I want people to realise that this could work for them too.”

It is hoped the event will raise £1,000 for RV-ONE, founded by Sgt Merriman, and Exmouth-based military mental health organisation Rock 2 Recovery.

On the day serving Devon Royal Marines will be supporting the event.

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Photo: Fran McElhone/Dotty Creative.

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Photo: Fran McElhone/Dotty Creative.

Previous events were held in 2018 and 2019, but had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

A Commando Beach Assault spokeswoman said: “150 competitors adept in the fitness phenomenon CrossFit will compete in mixed teams of five from gyms across the South West in a series of gruelling, high-octane Royal Marines inspired fitness challenges on and off the beach.”

She added: “Organised by Royal Marines physical training instructor, Sergeant Tom Merriman from Exmouth, the event is in memory of his friend and fellow Commando, Corporal Alexander Tostevein, who loved the beach and fitness but due to mental health injuries took his own life.”

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Photo: Fran McElhone/Dotty Creative.

The Commando Beach Assault will kick off at 9am on April 30 at Orcombe Point, Exmouth, and is expected to conclude around 5pm with the awards ceremony taking place at 6pm.

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