Royal Marines cadet breaks record for youngest to pass famous SAS trial aged 15

A Royal Marines Cadet is believed to have set a new record for youngest to complete an grueling SAS endurance trial aged 15.

Salahudeen Hussain conquered the 15-mile selection march up and around Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacon's 2,907ft peak carrying a 35lb (16kg) pack.

The Fan Dance Special Forces endurance trial is an infamous part of the SAS's selection process which has a 90% drop out rate amongst mostly British soldiers.

Candidates have died attempting it but the Sheffield lad is now believed to be the youngest to complete the march on June 26, reports the Telegraph.

Sal took on the personal challenge has raised thousands of pounds for his unit and The Special Boat Service Association.

He has now set his sights on his next challenge – to do the historic nine-mile speed march in Scotland that was the test for Commandos in the Second World War.

Sal said: "Our military is the best in the world. United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) set the standard others aim for. I wanted to do something to thank and help them.

"I decided to raise money for the SBSA and my detachment. What better way than to do the Fan Dance, something every member of UKSF has done?"

Sal, who is a cadet lance corporal for the Royal Marines Cadets Sheffield detachment, first committed to scaling the Fan Dance in 2019 – when he was 13 – to raise money for his unit.

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The expedition was halted again and again by the Covid-19 pandemic before he was finally able to set off, accompanied by his detachment commander Sergeant John Daley.

Speaking after finally completing the challenge, he said: “I was nervous beforehand.

"We got there at 4am and you set off at 8am. For four hours you’re just looking up and thinking ‘I’m going over that’.

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“The hardest part is the start. It’s foggy and there are so many false summits, at some point you look up and think it’s going to go on forever. It’s a real mental challenge.”

He added: “I felt like the last two years had been leading up to it.

“It sounds weird but I kept myself going by reciting film scenes in my head, or my sister’s favourite Disney songs.

“My commander John was brilliant, he was with me the whole way and kept me going.”

Finally, clocking at just over six hours, Sal was applauded across the finish line after breaking into a run for the last leg.

Lilyella Craw from Lanarkshire bested the march in four and a half hours in 2017 when she was 17.

The time limit for SAS candidates in 20 hours.

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