2 Para will be raising funds for Support Our Paras during their forthcoming 6 month deployment to Afghanistan by covering the 4101 miles distance from Kabul to Colchester (K2C) in 180 days!
Individuals taking part will run and bike the full distance back home, covering on average a staggering 23 miles per day! Doing a minimum of 4 mile run per day and remainder on an exercise bike, rowing machine or cross trainer.
Sponsors, families and friends will be able to track their route home on an interactive map and regular video diaries and updates.
Please show your support and donate ..
Teams from the whole Airborne community are making special pilgrimages
to Arnhem for the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of Op Market Garden 1944. And
they have chosen to support us while they are it.
Steve Larken and team (above) are cycling from the Cenotaph in London to
John Frost Bridge in Arnhem. The team consists of injured & able bodied
They will depart the ferry on the 19th, ride to John Frost Bridge to enjoy a beer or two with friends and former colleagues. The following day we will cycle the battlefield tour and join in with the parade and celebrations. On the 21st we will cycle to Ginkel Heath DZ for the day’s events.
Ian Dorling is leading an Arnhem Bimble of retired Airborne REME. The
first of these ‘Bimbles’ took place in 1986 and then every other year for about
The current team consists of 19 men the oldest
being 64 and the youngest 40ish. Our planned route is to depart from Aldershot
and tab, with 35 lbs bergens, to Arnhem via London, Chelmsford, Colchester,
Harwich, Utrecht and Ede. The event will be a relay with two men tabbing at any
one time over short legs of approx 3 miles. Our final leg will be from
Ede to the John Frost Bridge via Heelsum and following Route Lion to arrive at
the John Frost Bridge at approx 1500hrs on Fri 20 Sep 19
A former Paratrooper is
gearing up for his next big boxing fight to raise vital funds for Support Our
Paras, the charity that supported him after life-changing injuries in
Lewis, 36, is a former Paratrooper who served with the 2nd Battalion
Parachute Regiment and is set to compete in his third boxing match on Saturday
14th September in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
being a below the knee amputee that hasn’t stopped Michael from training six
days a week in the lead up to the big fight and he hopes to inspire others, by
getting back in the ring after his latest fight in July.
said “After my first match, which ended in a defeat, I am determined to
come back fighting. I proved this by winning my second fight in just one minute
thirty eight seconds in round one under boxing coach Lee Edwards of BST
Academy, Northampton. Getting back into training and into the ring has to be
one of the hardest things I have done, but I want to promote Support Our Paras
for what it is, showing that donations really do help individuals like myself
and all those within the Airborne Forces community including families.”
losing my leg in 2008 during service in Afghanistan, I have been focused on
challenging myself no matter what the limitations and in the past have
completed two mud runs and The Royal Parks Half Marathon just last year. All
donations go towards Support Our Paras and I am proof of where the money goes
and how it helps. They provided me a active prosthetic foot and funded a new
wet room which was a welcome addition to my home.”
served with the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment as a Corporal and
had been in the Army since 2000. In 2008 everything changed, with only six
weeks left to go of his tour before he returned home, Michael and his platoon
were engaged in an intense fire-fight and Michael was hit by a British
Artillery 105mm round. He was left with blast wounds which nearly severed his
left arm, shrapnel wounds to his left knee and blast wounds to his right leg
which led to a below knee amputation.
The injures lead to Michael being medically discharged
from the Army in 2012 and life as Michael knew it was changed forever,
consequently his dream of serving in the British Armed Forces was over.
However, through Michael’s treatment, rehabilitation and transition from
military to civilian street Support Our Paras has been there for him.