Kilkenny army unit claim gold at ‘world’s toughest patrolling test’
By COLIN BARTLEY
A GROUP of soldiers based in Kilkenny have struck gold at what is called the “world’s toughest patrolling test.”
The soldiers from the Kilkenny based 3rd Infantry Batallion of the James Stephen’s Barracks in the city won a gold medal in the 60th anniversary edition of the Cambrian Patrol competition in Wales.
The event is organised by the British Army and is their most challenging competition, pushing soldiers, keen to show their prowess in fitness and map-reading ability, to their absolute limit.
Each year Exercise Cambrian Patrol attracts the very best international armies across the globe to the event. After winning the silver medal last year, the team from the 3rd Infantry took gold this year.
The 10-man group from Kilkenny saw off the challenge of 139 other teams – with entrants from the British Armed Forces and 34 other military units from countries all around the world, to claim gold.
The gruelling 48-hour event comprised of navigating a 67km course through the rugged Cambrian Mountains and boggy marshes of mid-Wales, interspersed with challenges along the way. And all of this with 25kg of equipment on their backs.