Series 3 of SAS: Who Dares Wins came to a close last night (Sunday, February 4, 2018) with recruit numbers 16 and 10 crowned victors.
Seven from the original 25 men had survived eight straight days of physical and mental hell, although they dropped like flies on the final straight.
Tasked with facing The Sickener, here’s everything we know about the insane physical test.
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What is The Sickener?
Chief instructor Ant Middleton and his military crew can’t broadcast a real life SAS military selection programme.
However, The Sickener is a unique version of the final SAS selection test. The series of mental and physical tasks are designed to break the any individuals willpower to carry on.
“From my time of experience, each course is about 180 strong, of which 6 or 7 people finish.”
The Sickener is completely and utterly relentless, with no boundaries of time or intensity. It features three main stages however how long each tasks lasts goes down to the orders of the chief instructor.
“The Sickener, it’s just a physical test that is there to be relentless. It’s in the title, It makes you feel physically sick.”
Stage One: EVOLUTION
Alike the evolution of man, stage one of The Stickener starts with contestants on their hands and knees, tasked with crawling across a riverbank in repetitive circuits.
This includes recruits dragging their bodies across the thick mud-caped ground and through the shallow riverbed itself.
The ‘evolution’ drill does not stop until one recruit quits.
Stage Two: DEATH CIRCUIT
Stage two of the course is another circuit, this time with an emphasis on endurance.
“You will go through a stage where you question whether you are going to survive.”
The recruits must run across the jagged slopes of a disused quarry, with harsh physical instructions shouted at them every few minutes.
This includes chucking boulders over their shoulders, crawling backwards up steep slopes, carrying sand bags over long distances and completing press-ups and burpees.
The drill does not stop until two recruits quit, testing the ultimate commitment to stay in the game.
In Series Three it proved particularly harsh with extra physical punishments handed out to the recruits because one of the contestants was lagging behind.
Stage Three: HANG TEST
Only two contestants made it to the final stage of The Sickenerin Series Three, although both recruit number 16 and 10 passed the test, with the pair crowned winners.
Survival pits men face-to-face, dangling from a rope that is outstretched between two cliff edges, with a staggeringly steep drop below. For anyone scared of heights, it’s a definite no-no.
The men must hang from the rope for as long as possible, with the first to drop – and then hang from their trusty metal clip – crowned the winner.
A test of pure grip and grit.
“No one can understand what you’ve been through, not only as an individual but as a body of men, and ultimately thats what selection is about, and finding out how far they can push themselves.”
If you LOVED the latest series of SAS: Who Dares Wins and think you could even face the dreaded Sickener, then hit us up in the comments and we can explain how you can apply!