All posts by Alys Potter

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  http://www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk/

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: secretary@supportourparas.org  or 01206 817074 for more information or to sign up.

 

Commando Speed March 2016

Event Date: 12 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. This year it will be held on 12 March.  For more information, visit http://commandospeedmarch.webs.com/

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

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 plansdir@supportourparas.org

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 http://www.paras10.com/

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

 

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.