TA man in mountain challenge

Private Daniel Horrobin of Darfield.

Private Daniel Horrobin of Darfield.

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A PLASTERER and Territorial Army soldier from Darfield has completed a mountain challenge regarded as one of the toughest tests a modern-day soldier can face.

Pte Daniel Horrobin, who has served in Afghanistan with the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, was one of eight team members taking on Exercise Cambrian Patrol in the Welsh Black Mountains.

The challenge, both physically and mentally demanding, is a highlight in the British Army’s training calendar and is regarded by armed forces across the world as one of the toughest tests for any soldier.

Split into seven phases, the teams have to march a mind-and-muscle sapping 55km carrying full personal kit and equipment, weighing in at some 60 lbs, on a two-day patrolling mission.

This year’s patrol saw teams from Estonia, Switzerland and Finland take part for the first time.

Daniel, 28, a self-employed plasterer and former Ridgewood Comprehensive School pupil, said working as a team helped them reach the finish line.

He said: “This is an event which demands plenty of graft if you’re going to do well.

“There are a lot of things to take on board – the weight you’re carrying, the distance, potentially bad weather – so you have to make sure you’re concentrating the whole time.”