If the idea of running up and down the Mediterranean Steps in Gibraltar five times in a row for charity appeals to you then keep reading.

The annual Med Steps 5 Challenge, organised by the prison service in Gibraltar in aid of the Cancer Relief Centre, attracts those who like to push themselves just that little bit further than most.

In the audio clip above, Hayley Hammond from Forces Radio BFBS Gibraltar speaks to both military teams who took on the dizzying challenge to find out if the rivalry was serious competition or friendly banter.

The Mediterranean Steps (Med Steps) zig-zag up the Rock from Jews Gate Battery to near the summit. The walk is a challenging climb of uneven steps and rocky terrain made up for by the stunning views you are treated with on route. The event asks you to take on the route up to five times in one day all for a good cause.

Stephen Belilo is one of the chief organisers of the event and was very grateful for the busy turnout on the day. Last year the event raised £10,000. They are hoping to raise £15,000 this year.

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There are three different challenges to take on:

Competitive Individual – Individuals race to be the quickest to complete five loops of the Med Steps in a row.

Competitive Team – Five team members complete one loop relay-style in the fastest possible time.

Non-Competitive Individual – Challenge yourself to complete the circuit up to five times while being sponsored.

The Med Steps 5 Team would like to thank the St John's Ambulance crew for such a professional and much needed service. It is a pleasure to have you guys every year.

Posted by Med Steps 5 Challenge on Sunday, 20 May 2018

Among this year’s teams were two from British Forces Gibraltar. ‘The Barbarians’ for the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and ‘The South Mole Team’ from the Royal Navy.

Both teams completed the challenge in less than two hours within five minutes of each other but who won? Listen to the audio at the top of the page to find out.

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Members of the South Mole Team

If you have never taken on the steps before here is an insight from LCpl Arnold Rogers leg of the race.

WARNING: It may make you feel a little dizzy.

The average time to go up the steps is 40-45 minutes and he does it in 12:25.

Another team taking part were doing so non-competitively to give them an idea of how to prepare to take on the fierce race next year.

They were Sgt Zammit, Cpl Consigliero, LCpl Mauro and Pte Zayas who added to the challenge by doing it in full kit with an extra 10kg on their backs.

It is safe to say it makes a difference in their speed, but they still finished with smiles on their faces.

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Members of Team 'Barbarians' and from B Company

For more information head to the ‘Med Steps 5 Challenge’ Facebook page.

WINNERS: WO2 Sanchez, LCpl Moreno, Pte Powley, LCpl Rogers and Pte Barton

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