An archaeology student from Milngavie has proved she’s as tough as her hero Indiana Jones by facing up to one of the Army’s toughest tests.
Officer Cadet Megan Apczynski (21) took part in Exercise Cambrian Patrol – a mind-and-muscle sapping challenge over 48 hours in the Welsh Black Mountains.
The annual event is both physically and mentally demanding and is a highlight in the British Army’s training calendar.
Internationally, it is regarded as one of the toughest tests facing the modern-day soldier and some foreign entrants have to claim the right to take part by winning through their own domestic competition.
Regular and Reserve soldiers in the British Army fronted up to the challenge, which took place over seven phases, including more than 100 teams and 1,000 troops.
Megan, a former Douglas Academy and Craigdhu Primary pupil who is studying archaeology and history of art at Glasgow University, said: “Why did I choose to study those subjects? To be like Indiana Jones I suppose.
“Unfortunately though, it doesn’t work like that. They make you sit in a lab as opposed to go out and dig.
“I decided to join the Glasgow UOTC because I’ve a view to commission. I’ve had loads of opportunities and been able to travel since I joined and that’s why I want to keep going.
“You gain a lot of knowledge about this event from the people who have done it before. The feedback is, be prepared for plenty of hills.”
Exercise Cambrian Patrol is run by 160 (Wales) Brigade and is split into seven phases with teams marching 55km carrying full personal kit and equipment, weighing in at some 60lbs, on the two-day patrolling mission.
This year’s event, which dates back to 1959, featured 17 international teams.
Navigating by day and night, the patrols faced many testing and specialist challenges, including observation and reconnaissance of enemy forces, cold river crossings in full kit without access to boats, first-aid and defensive shooting under attack.
And all the hard effort paid off, with Megan’s team scooping a silver medal.