Gurkhas face 'Doko' Challenge

Aldershot’s Gurkhas run a ‘Doko’ challenge around Aldershot Garrison.

The Gurkha soldiers from 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment will set out to run a 25mile ‘Doko’ race challenge around Aldershot in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Logistic Corps.

Every British Army Gurkha soldier will be very familiar with the fearsome ‘Doko’ race. It serves as one of the pivotal moments during the selection procedure for every aspiring Gurkha recruit. Back in Nepal, in the town of Pokhara, the selection centre for Gurkha recruits, the young Nepalese are made to run a gruelling ascending course in the foothills of the Himalayas carrying a ‘Doko’, the traditional Nepalese wicker basket held in place with a head strap loaded with 25kg bags of sand (see photo below).

To mark the Royal Logistic Corps’ Silver Jubilee year Aldershot’s Gurkha Logistic soldiers will have thirteen teams of three running in relay around a course completing 25 miles carrying 25lbs in their dokos.