Commandos follow in steps of wartime Achnacarry forebears

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More than 150 serving Commandos from across Britain followed in the footsteps of their forebears when they set off from Spean Bridge railway station on Saturday to run to the former Second World War training camp at nearby Achnacarry.

When the wartime camp was set up in the grounds of Achnacarry House, one of the earliest challenges facing recruits was to get off the train at Spean Bridge and, without previous notice, run the seven miles to the base in full kit and without a stop.

Failure to manage this meant their time in the Commandos was over and they were transferred to other units.

The weekend’s event is normally an annual event, but due to Covid restrictions it has not taken place for a few years.

Prior to the main group setting off,  Commando veterans and those wounded in action were given a 30-minute start, being applauded by the later runners as they left.

As bagpipes have featured in military conflicts across the world for many years, Lochaber piper Finlay Cameron played some suitably stirring tunes at the start line and to welcome the runners on their arrival at Achnacarry.