The Vitality British 10K London Run

What a way to see central London!

The Vitality British 10K London Run is staged on the world’s greatest road race route through the heart of Central London, passing many of the capital’s truly world class historic landmarks.

Starting on Piccadilly outside The Calvary & Guards Club, runners will pass the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial, The Ritz, St. James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square,  St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey before finishing on Whitehall after passing Downing Street  (the official London residence of British Prime Ministers) and The Cenotaph, the national memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  For more information, visit

Places: This year we have 18 places up for grabs!

Costs and Sponsorship: We ask for anyone wishing to join up to pay a £35 deposit which covers the cost of the place and raise £200 in sponsorship money towards the charity. In the event of completing the race and raising £200 your £35 cheque will be destroyed (we have to pay for these places, so your deposit protects us if you don’t show up!)

Proposed Date: Sunday 10th July 2016

Contact:  or 01206 817074 for more information or to sign up.


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Commando Speed March 2016

During the Second World War, potential British Commandos would get off the train at Spean Bridge and be expected to speed march through the Scottish Highlands to the gates of Achnacarry House carrying their fighting order weighing 36lbs.  Recruits were given just 1 hour to complete the 7 mile route, and those that failed to achieve this time would be returned to their parent unit.

In 1996, this speed march was reconstructed, based on this initial selection test, to raise funds for the Commando Benevolent Fund and the Airborne Forces Charities.  Not quite as far as the P Coy 10-miler, The Speed March has since become an established annual military event attracting over 300 entrants a year, each wearing either a maroon or green t shirt.

This event is open only to Military Personnel.  Members of the Armed Forces, Foreign Military, TA Units and Regimental Associations are all eligible to apply for a place in the Speed March.  Army Cadets wanting to participate must be accompanied by adult staff and Health and Safety rules are applied.  Cadets also carry a reduced load and participate in the ‘fun run’.

In 2015 teams from both 2 PARA and 3 PARA took part in this event.

The event is usually held in March each year.  For more information, visit

Another great way to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and you can even use it as training for the PARAS’ 10.

More than 900 runners and tabbers are entered for the PARAS' 10 charity challenge in Colchester on Sunday (15 Nov). 
A mix of civilians and soldiers are taking part in the 10-mile run, which can be completed as a cross-country race in trainers or as the P Company Challenge, wearing boots, trousers and carrying a 35lb rucksack – known as tabbing. With a target to finish within 1hr 50mins, the challenge replicates one of the key fitness tests for the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces.

The tabbers and runners will set off from Abbey Field, passing through Merville Barracks and Friday Woods over the same hills and water obstacles crossed by the town's soldiers on training runs.

Profits from entrance fees raise money for The Parachute Regiment Charity, which supports Paras and their families who are in need, but participants are free to collect sponsorship for any charity.

The event - the fourth time it is running in Colchester - was originally scheduled for July, but rescheduled due to extremely hot and humid weather.

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Photo credit to read - Corporal Andy Reddy RLC


PARAS’10 Colchester 15th November 2015

Some 950+ runners – a mix of civilian, serving and ex-military – took part in the fourth PARAS’10 charity challenge in Colchester on Sunday 15 Nov. TAB finishers included Stu Pearson, who lost a leg at Kajaki and 79 year-old Mike Doyle, ex RAF Regt. The event took place in gusting winds, a change from the high heat and humidity which had forced a reluctant postponement in July.

After a silence in memory of those killed in service and in the terrorist attacks in Paris, the field was briefed to ‘Get a Grip and crack on’ and set off to the sound of a 7RHA 105mm Light Gun. The course ran through Merville Barracks and Friday Woods, over the hills and water obstacles crossed by soldiers on training runs. Some ‘airborne activity’ in the woods added to the unique atmosphere. Lt Gen Lorimer awarded the trophies to the winners.

With individual sponsorship still coming in, the Colchester event is estimated to raise some £45k for SUPPORT OUR PARAS; the series total including Catterick is closer to £75k. Colchester’s proximity to London and the City makes this an ideal vehicle for a corporate challenge event for teams of 4. Any company that may wish to sponsor the PARAS’10 event or a corporate challenge team trophy should contact Stephen Cooper on

Upcoming Events – Don’t miss out! In 2016 the PARAS’10 will be taking place in Colchester on 15th May and Catterick 04th September. There is an Early Bird offer on until 16h December, so get it quick! For more information and to enter please click the link

Credit: Cpl Reddy, 16 Air Assault Brigade, Army Media Ops for the featured image


4PARA Colour Parrty Jason Isaacs

A Night to Remember – a successful night of words and music

A Night to Remember was a very successful evening of remembrance with readings and music on 11th November 2015.  The evening was once again being organised to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and Glen Art.  There were readings from a selection of people, including Dr William Frankland MBE, Colonel Stuart Tootal DSO OBE, Sergeant Steve Heaney MC, Twiggy and Leigh Lawson, Sir John Standing and Jason Isaacs. A Colour Party from 4 PARA were also in attendance.

A Night to Remember 2015

Dr William Frankland MBE
Born in Cumbria in 1912, Dr Franklin turned 103 in March.  After studying medicine at Oxford University, he worked at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington before the outbreak of WWII.  He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, but spent over three years as a prisoner of war in Singapore.  After the war, his passion soon became allergies and his achievements include the introduction of the pollen count to the British public and the prediction of increased levels of allergy to penicillin.

Colonel Stuart Tootal DSO OBE
Former Commanding Officer of 3 PARA, Colonel Tootal left The Parachute Regiment in 2008.  3 PARA were the first UK unit to be sent to Afghanistan in 2006 under Stuart’s leadership and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for this.  Drawing on his experiences in the Regiment, Stuart is now a motivational leadership speaker and has also written a book on his time in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Steve Heaney MC
Steve joined the British Army in 1986 and was posted to 3 PARA in 1987, where he saw active service in Northern Ireland and trained overseas in the US, Kenya and Cyprus.  In 1990, aged only twenty, he became the youngest soldier ever to pass the rigorous selection process for the Pathfinders.  Heaney was awarded the Military Cross for his actions as Pathfinder Platoon Sergeant in Sierra Leone.  Since leaving, Steve has worked in close protection as well as becoming a military advisor.  He is also an established motivational speaker and has recently written a book about his time in Sierra Leone.


PARAS’10 – Colchester

Venue: Colchester

In its 4th year, the event is a testing 10 mile route on the local training area, watch out for the obstacles/stream crossing.

Founded by WO1 JJ Wilson The PARAS’10 was hosted by The Parachute Regiment in Aldershot 1982 – 1993. Since the Paras left Aldershot in 1993, this legendary event was dormant until it was revived by Major Sam McGrath in 2008 in Catterick, N.Yorkshire. Due to its success in Catterick the race was taken to the home of 16 Air Assault Brigade in Colchester in 2012 and was revived in Aldershot in 2013. It is regarded as The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race. For more information, visit


Heroes – A song by John Watson

With Armistice Day coming up John Watson has re-recorded a song ‘Heroes’ with the help of Colin Butcher. Former Paratrooper John joined the army after following in the footsteps of his father. He wrote the song ten years ago following a  visit to Arnhem.

Colin converted his garage into a recording studio and has teamed up with John to re-record the song.

John and Colin are keen for the song to generate donations towards the charity. Information on how to donate can be found in the video which you can view below.

Many thanks to John and Colin for their support.

Pegasus Flash

New 16 Assault Brigade Flash

On Monday 30 November 2015, 16 Air Assault Brigade will re-subordinate under Commander Field Army (CFA), from Joint Helicopter Command (JHC).

To mark the occasion 16 Air Assault Brigade will change the Brigade Flash, back to ‘The Pegasus’, on a simple dawn parade held on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Click on the image below to view the letter from the Regimental Lt Colonel in full.

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Paras Racing Brands Hatch

Paras unite to rebuild car at Brands Hatch

The Support Our Paras Racing debut season in the British Touring Car Championship ended at Brands Hatch with the injured ex-Paratroopers again highlighting the major steps forward they’ve taken this year.

In what unquestionably has been a baptism of fire for the TENA Men-backed team, the Paras united to rebuild the front-end of Derek Palmer’s Infiniti in less than 90 minutes.

Having delivered an impressive drive in the opening race on the 2.4-mile Grand Prix Circuit, working his way through from 27th on the grid to finish 21st, the 28-year-old from Lesmahagow was upbeat ahead of the day’s second race.

Paras Racing Brands Hatch (2)“The car feels really good,” Palmer who, like the Paras, made his BTCC debut this season, said immediately afterwards. “We’ve made a number of changes to the rear of the car, which means it’s now totally different to drive, and I’ve adapted my driving style to maximise the best from it.

“The main thing is I feel we’ve made a big step in the right direction. I enjoyed the race, got a good result and now we look forward to the final two races of the season.”

Unfortunately, after lining up 24th on the grid for Race 2, and eyeing a potential top 15 finish, Palmer’s outing lasted less than a lap before he was punted off by the Volkswagen of former champion Alain Menu.

“Again I made two or three positions off the start, which was good,” Palmer continued. “Menu was behind me, and when everyone came down into Clearways, the fast right-hander entering the start-finish straight, he just outbraked himself and wiped me out in the process.

Paras Racing Brands Hatch (5)“He was given a reprimand by the stewards, and he came and apologised afterwards, but the damage had been done. There was a huge amount of damage to the front-end of the car.”

That damage amounted to around 20 new parts, according to team principal Derek Palmer Snr.

“The damage was extensive,” he explained. “Front wings, front bumper, radiator cowling, the monster bar on the front: they were all destroyed. It was a major job for the boys.

“But they pulled it all apart, rebuilt the front end of the car from the engine forward and had it ready for Race 3, and all in less than 90 minutes. Around 20 new parts had to be introduced to the car, so it was an expensive rebuild.”

The Mallory Park-based team’s race cars are prepared by injured ex-servicemen from the Parachute Regiment, with all team profits being donated to Support Our Paras, the official Regiment charity.

And John Price, one of the injured ex-Paras — watched by Lieutenant General John Lorimer, The Colonel Commandant of The Parachute Regiment, who made a special visit to support the team — was one of the first to get on with the repairs to the damaged Support Our Paras Racing car.

Paras Racing Brands Hatch (4)“It’s what we do,” he said. “That’s why we’re here and part of the team, to challenge ourselves and show everyone that we’re capable of mixing it with the best.

“We may have been new to motorsport and the BTCC when we were here in April for the season-opener, but we learn fast, and we work perfectly as a team, especially when we’re under pressure.
“The car looked a mess when it arrived back at the garage after it was taken out in Race 2, but we just took a deep breath and got on with it. We were never in any doubt we’d have the car back on the grid for Race 3.”

Staring from 30th and last place on the grid, Palmer battled through to eventually finish 23rd.

“It’s testament to the guys that we were even out for Race 3,” the Zurich-based scot said. “Sure it’s been a baptism of fire for the team this year, but we’ve all learned so much and we’ll be back bigger, better and even stronger in 2016.”

Photos: Copyright Jakob Ebrey

USMC Start line 2014

United States Marine Corps Marathon

For the second year running, a 7 man team of serving and retired Paratroopers will be taking part in the 40th Anniversary Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

The race will take place on Sunday 25 October this year and participants will embark on the 26.2-mile journey in the 40th MCM starting at 7:55 a.m.  There will be a live broadcast conducted by Comcast SportsNet with highlights of the MCM’s background and history.  The MCM promises a spectacular start with international flags from 54 different nations and the firing of the M2A1 Howitzer.

If you’d like to support our team, please visit their fundraising page at



SUPPORT OUR PARAS is pleased to announce a new agreement with Barclays to fund the transitional support of soldiers into new employment after leaving the Parachute Regiment. This funding leads directly to new employability, enterprise and financial skills for soldiers which will sustain a successful new civilian life.

Lt Colonel Bruce Radbourne, Regimental Lt Colonel of the Parachute Regiment said:

BAR_Landscape_2C_V“We are delighted to receive Barclays’ support in this crucial area of our charity’s work. This welcome commitment to the welfare of the Regiment’s soldiers is part of a four year programme under the pioneering citizenship initiative of Barclays Armed Forces Transition, Employment and Resettlement Programme (the “AFTER Programme”).

Our Transition and Welfare Team assist those Parachute Regiment soldiers who have been injured or become ill as a result of their service, either on operations in Afghanistan and other conflicts, or through the Regiment’s demanding training programme and military parachuting. The aim is to ensure that those transitioning to civilian life through Medical Discharge are able to enter employment, education or training appropriate to their physical and mental condition, ability and potential.”

The Regiment’s Transition and Welfare Cell works with each individual and ensures that they receive the correct guidance and advice on their chosen next career.  The process is led, deliberately, by the veteran as this encourages motivation and self confidence and also prepares the individual for the realities of the civilian employment world.  In order to attract funding for training or education the veteran’s employment choice must meet the following criteria:

– The career choice must be within the physical and mental capabilities of the individual, not just now but as they get older.

– It must be appropriate and realistic (skills and potential).

– The veteran must be able to demonstrate through research that the career choice is in demand in the area in which they wish to settle and that it can provide a good standard of living.

These criteria ensure:

– That the individual does not waste the funding available and reduces their risk of becoming unemployed or unskilled, thus preventing them from re-entering the welfare chain in the future.

– Demonstrates that funding from external partners is used effectively and with good governance.

SUPPORT OUR PARAS is a charity (1131977) which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage.

For more information: Laura McPhilemy Regimental Welfare Officer 01206 81 7102 or Stephen Cooper, Charity Director 07946 531139

The Parachute Regiment Charity