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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.
Another great way to raise funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS and you can even use it as training for the PARAS’ 10.
Enjoy a very special evening held to benefit the charities of the Household Division and The Parachute Regiment, presented by St James’s Place Wealth Management. This inaugural boxing match between the Household Division and The Parachute Regiment will be a black-tie evening, hosted by Master of Ceremonies John McDonald of Sky TV.
The evening will commence at 1900hrs and will consist of:
- Champagne reception by Justerini & Brooks
- Walk through the magnificent Guards Museum
- Music from the musicians of The Household Division and The Parachute Regiment
- A four-course dinner, with wine and port
- Seven bouts between the boxers of The Household Division and The Parachute Regiment
- Auction and silent auction to benefit the charities
- Post-match Drinks and meet the boxers
- Carriages at Midnight
Tables for 10 are available as follows:
- Standard table £2000
- Ringside table (limited to 8 only) £2500
Individual Tickets are available as follows:
Bout sponsorship with logo credits in the programme and MC announcements is additionally available at £500. Programme advertising will also be available with details to come. To reserve your table, please contact: email@example.com or to find out more information please visit: http://www.supportourparas.org. All proceeds will go to support our soldiers and families.
On 4 of July 2016, Team Megavalanche departed for Alpe D’Huez to once again compete in the world’s longest downhill mountain bike race. The team, consisting of serving Paratroopers, James Duncan, Robert Benson, Richard Dunne and Mark Turner spent the week practising and learning the 35km course along with thousands of competitors ranging from elite world champions to your average rider. The start line for the Megavalanche is the summit of Pic Blanc at an altitude of 3300m. It is a snow covered ski run for roughly the first 3km which turns into narrow rocky trails followed by twisty alpine forest single track eventually crossing the finish line in the town of Allemont.
Qualifying: The team lined up alongside 116 other riders for the mass start. With James having to pull out of a top 20 finish due to a puncture and Richard with a Mechanical issue it was left to Robert and Mark to cross the line and qualify for the Mega amateur race. Of the 189 riders Robert finished in a strong 57th place and Mark after suffering several mechanical problems in 170th place.
The team were overwhelmed with support from the crowds of people lining the course cheering on the Parachute Regiment with lots of positive comments and recognition for the cap badge. With mixed results from this years race, the Team is already looking forward to next year with the intention of growing bigger and better with experience,
As the saying goes…3rd time lucky !