Getting past the finish line at Woodbury Common even more of an achievement for duo

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 October 2015

Mark Paver and the rest of 'Devon Dumplings' after completing the commando challenge

Mark Paver and the rest of 'Devon Dumplings' after completing the commando challenge

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Completing the commando four kilometre challenge was a particular achievement for two individuals who have life altering conditions.

Rachel Hall being helped through 'Peter's Pool' on her way to completing the commando challengeRachel Hall being helped through 'Peter's Pool' on her way to completing the commando challenge

Fibromyalgia sufferer Mark Paver, 42, of Budleigh Salterton, finished the assault course supported by his sister Nicola.

He took on the challenge to raise awareness of his condition, which affects the sufferer’s whole body, increasing sensitivity to pain and causes problems with movement.

Mark and the rest of his team, called the ‘Devon Dumplings’, also raised more than £700 for the Royal Marine’s Charitable Trust in the process.

He said: “It was suggested to be a challenge and it was as hard as you can imagine. The best buzz of the whole thing was completing it.

Rachel Hall emerges from the 'smarties tube' at the commando challenge eventRachel Hall emerges from the 'smarties tube' at the commando challenge event

“People are not generally aware of fibromyalgia and over the last week I have had people coming up to me and asking about it – that’s another sense of achievement.”

Paraplegic Rachel Hall, of Exton, also took on the challenge along with her dad, Major Rick Hall of the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone.

Rachel is paralysed from the chest down after her spine was severed in a car accident five years ago.

A brain injury sustained in the same accident means that she is easily fatigued, has short-term memory problems and a slight speech impediment.

She used a specially constructed chair and a stretcher to navigate the assault course.

The team has raised more than £6,000 so far, for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, which funded a powered wheelchair for Rachel earlier this year.

Anyone who wants to donate to Rachel can go to www.justgiving.com/Getting-Rachell-Muddy or txt RMNE75 and the amount to 70070.

Anyone wanting to donate to Mark Paver can email mpaver@hotmail.co.uk

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