PARAS'10 Peta-a

PARAS’10 – Catterick

Venue: North Yorkshire

The original PARAS’10 race, now firmly established as one of the UK’s “must do” endurance challenges. Located at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

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


Summer Ball

Venue: HAC London

This July, we are holding a Charity Ball at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in the City of London.  This will be the first SUPPORT OUR PARAS major fund raising event for 2015.

This year’s ball will be the first under the banner of the SUPPORT OUR PARAS charity. The evening will include a Champagne drinks reception; static displays of PARA equipment, vehicles and troops; a free fall display of The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils; The Band of The Parachute Regiment; 3 course meal; Guest Speaker and an auction with money-can’t-buy prizes. For more information, contact charity secretary Natalie Urbaniak or Stephen Cooper the Plans Director

Vitality British 10k London Run-a

Vitality British 10K London Run

Venue: Central London
The 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 Guards & Calvary Club, runners will pass the new WW2 bomber command memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012, with Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner forming the backdrop to the start. The route will take you past London’s best known landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, before crossing Westminster Bridge and finishing in Whitehall. For more information, visit


PARAS’10 – Colchester

Venue: Colchester
In its 4th year, the event will showcase 16 Air Assault Brigade and 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


D-Day Memorial Sky Dive

Venue: Skydive Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire

To honour all those who fought in 1944 we want to get at least 30 people on a tandem freefall skydive at Hibaldstow airfield, Lincolnshire to raise charity funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

Skydive Hibaldstow are offering a special charity jump price of £190 for this event and you must in addition raise a separate amount of £200 or more for SUPPORT OUR PARAS. This is your chance to be part of a fantastic celebration and raise funds for a great cause. For more information, or to book, visit

Coan Gildart

Young boxer supports our PARAS

We were delighted to hear that one of our younger supporters has been going from strength to strength whilst raising awareness of SUPPORT OUR PARAS.

Three years ago, when asked to write about their heroes at school, 12 year old Coan Gildart chose to write about Cpl Mark Wright GC, who was KIA in 2006.  Coan’s story was featured in his local paper and copies were sent to us, and Cpl Wright’s parents.  Last year, Coan competed in the regional boxing championships, with Cpl Wright’s parents among his supporters when he was in the final.

Up to now, Coan has had 14 bouts, winning 12 of these, and he went on to win the North West England title in April 2015 for the second time, becoming one of very few junior boxers to win it for two consecutive years.  Last month he also won the Merseyside/Cheshire title and just last week he won the Midlands title and England quarter final.  Coan will be boxing in the All England National Schoolboy Semi-Final next weekend in Worcester.

Coan boxes with the SUPPORT OUR PARAS logo on his shorts and also has Utrinque Paratus embroidered on his waistband.  He has been supported at many matches by members of the Regiment, both serving and veterans, and we are grateful to Coan for spreading the word about the charity.

We wish Coan all the very best for the semi-final on Sunday.

Kilimanjaro Challenge

Kilimanjaro Challenge

Kertrina and Barry Jones, long-time supporters of the charity have decided to take on the Kilimanjaro Challenge – their biggest challenge to date!

As well as both completing six PARAS’10 events, Kertrina has also done two half marathons and Barry has done one half marathon, all for the charity.  In 2014, they attempted the Three Peaks challenge, but unfortunately Barry ended his challenge just short of the Ben Nevis summit due to injury.  Kertrina only managed to complete Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike due to travel and work commitments, so naturally, they are re-attempting all three again this June!

Kertrina and Barry JonesThey will be doing the PARAS’10 again this year, with Barry attempting the double.  To Kertrina’s utter disappointment, she will only be able to complete Catterick since she will be busy at university in July as she completes her Masters.

Their activities for 2015 don’t stop there.  Barry will be doing the Fan Dance in July, on their anniversary, with Kertrina cheering him on.  In October, they will be swapping roles as Kertrina completes another half marathon, with Barry cheering her on.

Their Kilimanjaro Challenge will be in July 2016, so there is every chance that they will book something else in prior to that, but if you would like to donate to their Kilimanjaro Challenge, you can visit their JustGiving page here.

Pit to Palace covers

‘From Pit to Palace’ – one man’s story

Recently published, ‘From Pit to Palace’ tells the story of one man’s military career.  Major Tom Godwin MBE initially started his working life as an electrician before joining the army briefly.  Tom made a career change when he sampled police work, following in his father’s footsteps, and it was during this time that he met his wife.

Before they settled down for a quiet life in Yorkshire, Tom decided he wanted more from life, and re-joined The Parachute Regiment.  In the years that followed, Tom rose through the ranks to Major and as is the case with most military careers, there was never a dull moment!

Sonia Cameron Jacks describes the book as, “A TOUR DE FORCE, Interesting, informative and sometimes very amusing.  A good read.”

Tom has kindly said 10% of personal sales will be donated to SUPPORT OUR PARAS, which we are extremely grateful for.  Pick up your copy today from Amazon.

Paras Racing

Paras battle through demanding day

Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing left Donington Park buoyed by another series of marked time improvements in the latest round of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship.

Paras Racing
Photo by Jakob Ebrey

The team arrived at the Derbyshire track with both Infiniti Q50 race cars for the first time this season, and saw both Derek Palmer and Richard Hawken take to the track.

The team’s Infiniti Q50 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.

Palmer, the 28-year-old from Lesmahagow, shaved an impressive 16-seconds off his lap times over the weekend. After clocking 1min 27.244secs in Saturday’s opening free practice, he improved dramatically through the day to set 1:11.930s in qualifying.

But the Scot’s weekend was ruined when his engine suffered a progressive power loss through Sunday’s opening 16-lap race. And despite again recording a series of improved lap times throughout the race, his car eventually slowed to a halt on his in-lap.

Paras Racing
Photo by Jakob Ebrey

“I was very conscious the car was operating on reduced power for much of the race,” Palmer said afterwards, “and it was frustrating not to be able to maintain the rate of progress we’d established on Saturday.”

Palmer, realising his engine was struggling as he headed for the pits, had the sense to switch the unit off as he headed towards the final chicane. His actions were praised by engine supplier, Swindon.

“Derek’s actions certainly saved the engine from suffering further, more extensive damage,” a Swindon Engines spokesman said. The damaged engine will be returned to Swindon for detailed examination.

With Palmer ruled out of the day’s final two races, Hawken, making his debut in the 2015 BTCC, safely negotiated all three races, culminating in a top 20 finish in the day’s action-packed finale.

“It’s really been a bit of an extended test session for me this weekend,” the 42-year-old from Walton on Thames, said. “But I’ve definitely gained a significant amount of track time from which I can build on.”

Paras Racing
Photo by Jakob Ebrey

The weekend was also rated a success by the injured Paratroopers working on the team’s race cars.

“Obviously we’ve had a couple of ups and downs this weekend,” former Para Corporal John Price explained. “Derek’s car went down, but it couldn’t be helped: it’s just one of those things in motorport.

“This weekend I was in charge of jacking Rich’s car up, basically making sure everything with the car was alright.

Considering this was the first time our side of the garage had had its on car to work on at a race weekend, everything really went very smoothly.

“Obviously there were a couple of teething problems — Rich had never run the car before, and it was his first time out on track at a BTCC meeting this season — but really the car ran fine all weekend. A testament to the way it’s been built by the team. I’m pretty impressed with what we’ve achieved again.”

John’s sentiments were mirrored by one of the guys working on the other side of the garage.

Paras Racing
Photo by Jakob Ebrey

“It went really, really well this weekend,” former Corporal Mike Lewis said. “It was obviously unfortunate that Derek’s engine went, but the other car competed well right through the weekend.

We achieved another goal, getting Car 2 through all three races this weekend. We’ll have both cars back out next time at Thruxton.

The team worked really well again this weekend; even better than we did at Brands hatch, so it confirms we’re improving as a unit, and we’re getting faster and stronger.

I’m loving it. It’s terrific.”


All photos by Jakob Ebrey

National Memorial Arboretum


There will be a Memorial Service on 20 June 2015 at the National Memorial Arboretum for those associated with the wider Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces family.

This Memorial Service is being held to commemorate soldiers who have died having served in The Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces since its inception in 1940.  The Service will take place in front of our Memorial which was unveiled on 13 July 2012 by The Colonel in Chief, HRH POW.   The Memorial was erected as a national focal point and now provides a place of pilgrimage; particularly to those who have lost family members in foreign and inaccessible countries.

For more information, please see the letter from the Regimental Secretary below.