03:44AM, Saturday 20 October 2012
A super-fit former Royal Marine has completed a gruelling 10km assault course for charity at the age of 74.
Edward Dixon, from Pinkneys Green in Maidenhead, ran the Commando Challenge in Devon as part of a team of six on October 7.
The team of three men and three women were aged between 30-74 and had been training since the beginning of the year.
"I wanted to prove that at my age I could still do these things," said Edward.
"I was in the Royal Marines for a couple of years. You get in the habit. It is sort of a way of life."
He described the mix of up and downhill slopes and water-logged pitch black tunnels as 'not for the faint-hearted'.
"We waded up to the armpits across a lake, ran up a fast-flowing stream while negotiating obstacles and through a pipe known as The Sheep Dip that was under ice-cold water.
"All the downhills were muddy or stony and it was often raining. We enjoyed it even though we were soaking wet."
Ambulances were in place along the route because of the difficulty of the course but all six members team finished the course together.
Edward met two of his team members, Pat McDonald and Alexandra Novakova, 30, through the Bodyzone gym at the magnet.
"We were all early-risers and would be at the gym most days from about 6am," said Edward.
Pat, 57, is a White Waltham parish councillor and a Labour and Co-operative Party candidate in next week's Royal Borough by-election for the Pinkneys Green ward.
"I thought it was mad for Edward at his age!" he said. "But you've got to do these things to let you know you are still alive. It was certainly challenging."
The team raised £400 which will support Royal Marines seriously wounded in combat.
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