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. 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.