10 JULY 2006

Army training is clearly paying off for Prince William: he made short work of a mile-long run and assault course over the weekend when he and fellow officer cadets undertook a charity fundraiser.

After enthusiastically joining in a warm-up session that saw the Sandhurst trainees dance along to YMCA and McFly's single Don't Stop Me Now, William completed the run, followed by an assault course, in the grounds of the elite Sandhurst Military Academy. The dashing royal easily scaled the eight-foot high walls as part of the exercise and made it over the finish line in a respectable 14 minutes. "I really enjoyed the day," said Officer Cadet Wales. "It's awesome."

Over one thousand people took part in the run, including a unit of Gurkhas in full military regalia and several sporting celebrities. William led the first team - which included his commandant, Major General Pearson, Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson and rugby star John Lewsey - after boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper rang the starting bell.

Colin was impressed by the 24-year-old's exertions, telling him: "You were leading the pack." But the modest Prince replied: "I wouldn't say I was leading it. It was the commandant – he was miles away. I couldn't keep up with him."

The day, in aid of Sport Relief, was a prelude to next Saturday's main event when tens of thousands of runners nationwide are expected to take part in the Extra Mile for Sport Relief.

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Wills deftly handles the army assault coursePhoto: © EMPICSClick on photo to enlarge
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The action-loving royal easily scaled eight-foot high walls as part of Sunday's charity fundraiserPhoto: © EMPICS
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