Blue Peter Helen is put through her paces by Marines on Woodbury Common

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 May 2013

Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton


Blue Peter daredevil Helen Skelton was given a run for her money when she sucessfully tackled the Royal Marines’ endurance test, on Woodbury Common.

Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton was put through her paces on Woodbury Common when she faced the Royal Marines’ endurance test.

The children’s TV star is known for her daredevil challenges, which have included kayaking for 30 days up the Amazon River in 2010, successfully finishing the Namibian 78-mile ultra marathon in 2009, and walking a 200-foot high tightrope between two chimneys at Battersea Power station in 2011.

Helen is keen to attempt the gruelling Commando test, and was invited to the training camp at Lympstone to try their endurance test first as a fitness assessment

There, she negotiated her way through a series of tunnels including a short underwater tunnel called the sheep dip, plus an ‘extremely narrow tunnel’ called the Smartie tube.

This was followed by a four-mile run back to the Commando Training Centre, where recruits must pass a shooting test.

Royal Marine recruits are faced with the endurance test at the end of their training. They have just 73 minutes to pass this test, while carrying 21 lbs of equipment and a rifle.

Helen successfully passed the assessment, although she was not carrying any equipment.

Captain Ben Chappell, physical training officer at Lympstone, said: “I thought Helen did really well on this assessment.She passed this initial test and we have invited her back to do some more training with us with a view to her possibly attempting a commando test in the future.”

The commando tests include the endurance course, a nine-mile speed march, which must be completed in 90 minutes, a high wire Tarzan course and the 30-mile speed march across Dartmoor which must take no more than eight hours. All tests are completed while carrying 32 lbs of equipment.

Helen joins a line of Blue Peter presenters who have trained with the Royal Marines. In 1986 Peter Duncan attempted the 30-mile speed march across Dartmoor for the TV series Duncan Dares. Presenter Gethin Jones in 2006 successfully completed the 30-mile speed march.

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