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Commando Speed March 2018

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The Commando Speed March is held annually with the intention of raising money for various military charities and will be returning on 3 March 2018.

The race follows the original route used to select personnel for Commando training who, if successful, would be trained in and around the grounds of Achnacarry House. Achnacarry House was used as the HQ of the primary British Commando Training Centre during the Second World War.

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’.

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

Fundraising Stamps

It’s that time of year when Christmas cards are starting to land on your doorstep, adorned with festive postage stamps. Instead of recycling the envelopes with the stamps on, why not cut the stamps off and help us raise some pennies?

Fundraising Stamps will pay us £11 per kilo for recycled stamps.  All you need to do is request a pre-paid envelope from their website, pop your old stamps in there and send it back. It’s that easy!

So please, save your stamps and help us raise a little bit extra to help a Para and his family in need this Christmas by visiting our Fundraising Stamps page and requesting your envelopes now.

moneycorp Trading Day

On November 23,  in association with City AM hosted a day for ‘Support Our Paras’ where a number of injured Paras paired up with moneycorp dealers.

Traders got the opportunity to speak to the Paras about their time in the regiment and about some of the experiences they have had.  Lt Gen Sir John Lorimer, Colonel Commandant of The Parachute Regiment, also came down to join the guys at the moneycorp offices.

The day was organised to raise awareness and funds for the Charity supporting our soldiers and families.  You can add your support by visiting the moneycorp Support Our Paras page.

Clocking up the Miles to Support our Paras

He’s at it again!  Following the success of his 85 mile walk for his 85th birthday, Jeffrey Long MBE, 12th Bn PARA veteran and PRA member celebrated his 86th birthday with an 86 mile walk to Support our Paras.

Jeffrey set off at the end of October from the Thames Barrier and made his way along the Thames Path, clocking up 86 miles along the way.

Jeffrey with Diana Moran

He completed the walk in just 8 days and was joined by a variety of supporters along the way, including Diana Moran.

This year’s event is his third consecutive birthday walk, after Jeffrey did 84 miles along Hadrian’s Wall for his 84th birthday and 85 miles along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal for his 85th birthday.

There’s still time to support Jeffrey, please visit his fundraising page. 

The Paras – From The Falklands to Afghanistan in their own words

The soldiers of one of the world’s most famous fighting forces, the Paras, tell the gripping story of the regiment in their own words.

Tough, highly adaptable and efficient, The Parachute Regiment has established itself as one of the finest fighting forces in the world. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its founding, renowned historian Max Arthur has compiled this enthralling oral history of the modern Parachute Regiment.

This unique chronicle is told through the voices of more than a hundred of the soldiers themselves, and of those involved closely with them. Whether in the Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq, Sierra Leone or Afghanistan, the Paras have maintained their reputation for being where the fighting is fiercest and where the odds of survival are often stacked heavily against them.

The gripping, visceral first-person narrative makes The Paras stand apart from conventional regimental histories as one of the most remarkable accounts of conflict ever published.

Max Arthur’s new book The Paras is available to buy now from all good bookshops and online retailers.