Wayne’s world of pain on gruelling hike

Tough: Private Wayne Watkins, aged 27, from Brampton Bierlow gets ready for the internationally renowned Exercise Cambrian Patrol.
Tough: Private Wayne Watkins, aged 27, from Brampton Bierlow gets ready for the internationally renowned Exercise Cambrian Patrol.
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A SOLDIER from Brampton Bierlow faced up to a gruelling two-day test in the Black Mountains in Wales.

Private Wayne Watkins, aged 27, was one of eight members of 19 Combat Service Support taking on Exercise Cambrian Patrol. The annual event is regarded internationally as one of the toughest tests the modern-day soldier can face.

Wayne, married to Danielle and dad to five-month-old Layton, had been practising for the exhausting 55km hike with steep hill walks in full kit with his weapon.

“This is my first go at Cambrian,” said Wayne, who joined the Army in 2010.

“This is a test of all our military skills and that’s why this event has such a good reputation. I always wanted to join the Army and these are the challenges which get thrown at you.”

This year’s event saw teams from Estonia, Switzerland and Finland all taking part for the first time, joining troops from countries such as Pakistan, India, the USA as well as Britain.