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ABF The Soldier's Charity  ABF The Soldier's Charity

ABF The Soldiers' Charity is inviting British soldiers to enter a team into the Soldier Challenge, an urban adventure challenge across London, on Saturday 19 May. The Soldier Challenge will see Central London transformed into a giant adventure playground, with military-themed challenges in some of the capital’s most iconic venues.

The inaugural Soldier Challenge took place last year and saw 1,000 soldiers and civilians take part in unique activities in some of London's most popular tourist attractions. This year's race limit has been doubled to 2,000 and some of the best challenges from last year, including abseiling at the Oval and an obstacle course in the moat of the Tower of London, have been secured for this year's event. Teams have to get round as many checkpoints as they can within four hours. Details of most checkpoints will only be revealed on the day, as a major part of the challenge is plotting the best course.

Last year's winners were a team from 1 RSME Regiment, who managed to complete 29 out of the 35 challenges in four hours. In fourth place, after two civilian teams in second and third, was a team from the Sergeant' Mess of 16 Regiment RA, who completed 22 out of the 35. The Soldiers' Charity is challenging military teams to beat last year’s record and help raise vital funds for the charity at the same time.

The Soldier Challenge is organised in association with urban adventure experts Rat Race. Teams must run or use public transport to get around - private transport, taxis and 'Boris bike' are strictly off-limits.

James Vosper Robinson, who manages the event at ABF The Soldiers' Charity, said: "The Soldier Challenge is a great alternative to traditional running or cycling charity challenge events and is a great opportunity for a bit of friendly rivalry between regiments. Every penny raised will go towards our vital work supporting soldiers, veterans and their families."

The event is open to teams of between two and four people. Participants must be aged 14 or over. Entry costs £50 and participants are asked to raise £150 each. Anyone who hits this minimum fundraising target will have £15 of their entry fee refunded back to them.

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