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Troops Get Down And Dirty With Exercise Mudmaster

The challenge covers around 130 miles of central Scotland over two days and is a challenge even for experienced off-road drivers.

Drivers from the military have been pitting their skills against civilians in Exercise Mudmaster.

The off-road challenge is held each year in Scotland with teams negotiating a series of challenging courses over the two-day competition.

It covers around 130 miles of central Scotland over two days and is a challenge even for experienced off-road drivers.

Mudmaster isn’t a race but a test of a driver’s skill and precision behind the wheel where the conditions are designed to test their capabilities to the fullest.

This year’s event has attracted around 50 teams from across the UK - both military and civilian.

Cpl Scott McDonald spoke about the challenge:

“We’ve had a few challenges so far but overall its good.”

“As long as you’ve got a good navigator that doesn’t get you lost, you should be alright!”

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Exercise Mudmaster certainly lived up to its name; the rough terrain provided very testing conditions for the teams.

The drivers completed a series of stages and negotiated as much of the course as they can without getting stuck.

Teams from all three services have competed, and the skills they practiced can come in useful on duty.

The drivers handling skills were tested by negotiating a series of tight gates on some pretty tricky terrain with the teams able to score more points the further they got in each stage.

Exercise Mudmaster has been held for the last 25 years - and it continues to grow in popularity with each event.

This year, the Royal Navy team from RNAS Yeovilton won the price for the top military team at the event.

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