Wednesday, 28 July 2021

The Great Escape... in Henley

ABOUT 100 people tackled an assault course named after the classic wartime film The Great Escape

ABOUT 100 people tackled an assault course named after the classic wartime film The Great Escape.

The event was held for the first time on the Culden Faw Estate on Saturday.

The participants, many of them friends taking part as teams, came from as far as Poland, France and even Canada.

They took up to two hours to complete the course after “escaping” from an improvised prisoner of war camp.


They tackled tunnels, trenches, streams, cargo nets and swing ropes on the 10km course.

Joel Whittaker, director of Intrepid Events, which organised the event, said: “The obstacles meant there was a mixture of crawling, climbing, jumping, running and swimming.

“They were all themed around The Great Escape. The jumps, which were hurdles, were based on the train track at Bahnhof Füssen from the film.

“I think the event itself epitomises a real allied spirit. It was a joint effort.

“I think people liked the immersive experience. At its heart it’s an obstacle course but it’s entry level so it’s open to lots of people.

“We managed to get people out of their comfort zone but have good fun. We saw one person with a Biggles hat on and somebody smoking a pipe.”

The event will return in July next year.

“It was great fund and we’re looking forward to running it again,” said Mr Whittaker. “This is a beautiful part of the world.”




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