Founded by WO1 JJ Wilson, The PARAS’10 was hosted by The Parachute Regiment in Aldershot from 1982 to 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 and is managed by the charity SUPPORT OUR PARAS and serving soldiers of the Parachute Regiment.
The PARAS’10 is based on the 10 miler that is one of the events that makes up test week for potential Parachute Regiment recruits. Pre Parachute Selection test week consists of 8 separate events over a five day period. 7 events are scored and one is a straight pass/fail. Each event is designed to assess a candidate’s physical fitness, mental robustness and determination. A candidate who fails to display the appropriate level of self-discipline and motivation throughout test week will fail the course.
The 10-mile march is conducted as a squad, over undulating terrain with each candidate carrying a bergan weighing 35lbs, plus water and a weapon. The march must be completed in 1 hour and 50 minutes.
The PARAS’10 event offers you the opportunity to give this a go. Participants can choose to either TAB with a bergan of 35lb or run the course in 3 hours, although if you want to go for 1 hour 50, we won’t stop you. The primary aim of raising funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS whilst providing a challenging and enjoyable event remains key to the events success.
This year, you can join us on 6 September in Catterick or 15 November in Colchester. If you enter both races, you could be in with a chance of getting the coveted, limited edition ‘Double of Trouble’ cap! For more information, or to sign up, visit www.paras10.com