Faye gears up for a gruelling yomp to help raise money for trust fund

Faye, with fellow Bootneckettes, taking part in the Commando Challenge.

Faye, with fellow Bootneckettes, taking part in the Commando Challenge.

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A woman is aiming to prove she is just as tough as her Royal Marine fiancé as she prepares for a gruelling 103-mile yomp.

Faye Greenwell, a former Whitley Bay High School pupil, is one of 14 intrepid wives and girlfriends of Royal Marines taking part in a yomp across the South Downs National Park.

Faye Greenwell with her partner Corporal Christopher Copp.

Faye Greenwell with her partner Corporal Christopher Copp.

The 30-year-old team captain of the Bootneckettes will be embarking on the ambitious challenge in May and the troop of women hope to raise at least £14,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Participants will yomp – walk, carrying weight – non-stop 166.4km from Winchester to Eastbourne across the South Downs Way.

Faye is set to marry her Royal Marine partner, Christopher Copp, of South Shields, in March and said she was inspired to take part in the yomp after watching the Royal Marine WAGS and the Great Yomp programme on Forces TV in October.

The journalist took part in the Commando Challenge with a team of Bootneckettes in Exmouth last year, a 17K gruelling marine-styled assault training.

Faye, whose team has raised more than £60,000 to date, said: “After seeing other wives and girlfriends of Royal Marines take on the yomp last year I was totally in awe and inspired.

“I really want to step up this year and push myself, to raise as much money as I can for a charity close to my heart.

“Part of me also wants to really make my partner proud.”

Faye said she is slightly terrified at the thought of embarking on such an epic challenge but has started her training to make sure she is fully prepared.

She added: “I like to keep myself fit but this is unlike anything I have ever done before and it is difficult to even imagine walking more than 100 miles, non-stop, without sleep.”

“But I’m sure my determination and with the support of all the other girls behind me, I will give it my all.”

To donate to help Faye reach her fundraising goal, visit https://secure.artezglobal.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=491733&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=%26Referrer%3ddirect%252fnone#&panel1-1