Back in late 2018, our CEO had the great idea of putting together an event to coincide with the Anniversary of the breakout from the San Carlos Bridgehead in 1982 which saw the Royal Marines (Yomping) to the Douglas Settlement and Paras (Tabbing) to Teal Inlet.
The initial plan was 2 days covering 30 miles of the Dartmoor National Park starting at Okehampton with an overnight stay underneath the stars at Princetown, finishing at Ivybridge Station. After input from our friends at Veterans in Action and discussions with 42 Cdo RM at Bickleigh re: logistics, it was agreed that the route would be from Bickleigh up to Princetown on 25th May 2019 and back again on the 26th.
Eventually we ended up with 2 Teams of 12 undertaking the challenge; Tabbing & Yomping over 2 contrasting days of Dartmoor weather. Day 1 ended up with all involved being hosted by the Plume of Feathers at Princetown, followed by a much-needed shower and hot meal. We all settled down to a night with Rusty Firmin, Pete “The Mink” Morrison and Big Phil Campion with tales of their days in the SAS.
Day 2 greeted the Teams with a very wet and misty Dartmoor. It also saw the departure of our CEO and son to watch their beloved Charlton winning promotion to the Championship at Wembley.
Both Teams finished the challenge in the Sgt Mess at 42 Cdo RM for a well-deserved beer and Hog Roast with family and friends.
Overall the Tab & Yomp proved to be a great success. Importantly, it highlighted the great work Care after Combat does. Everyone made some new friends, caught up with old ones and raised almost £21,000 along the way.
A great big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved and in answer to the big question “Are we going to do it next year”, YES, we are on the weekend of 23rd & 24th May 2020. Details are opposite and to register and for more information go to cac.hive.gives/tabyomp2020
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