Schoolteacher Richard toughs it out on Dartmoor to get his Green Beret
PUBLISHED: 10:01 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010
TEACHER Richard Bowdler is a real tough guy, but not in the classroom. He gets tough out on Dartmoor when he's with his mates in the Royal Marine Commando Reserves. The 28-year-old tutor has just completed a gruelling, 10-day Commando course with his City of London Marine Reserves to win his coveted Green Beret
TEACHER Richard Bowdler is a real tough guy—but not in the classroom.
He gets tough out on Dartmoor when he’s with his comrades in the Royal Marine Commando Reserves.
That’s how the 28-year-old tutor from Shoreditch in London’s East End spends his weekends and spare time.
He has just completed a gruelling, 10-day Commando course with nine comrades from his City of London Marine Reserves and has won his coveted Green Beret.
It was a proud moment for the 28-year-old when he made it across the line to become part of an elite fighting force.
“It certainly wasn’t a walk in the park’,” Richard said after a 30-mile march across the rough Dartmoor terrain carrying 30lbs in weight including weapons, food and water.
“It was really hard and tough. After the amount of training I’ve done in the last two years, there was no way I was going to fail!”
He was going to join the Regulars when he was 17, but went to university instead and got a Masters in Chemistry, then joined the City of London Reserves after “thinking about it” for nine years.
Now he runs his own business and teaches clients how to pass exams, including private tuition for schoolchildren.
He’s well sued to the discipline, having taught in schools in East London after graduating.