Public take on Paras’ fitness challenge

Through thick mud and machine gun fire, some 900 runners took part in the PARAS’ 10 charity challenge in Colchester today (Sun 15 May).
A mix of civilians and soldiers took part in the 10-mile run, which could be completed as a cross-country race in trainers or as the P Company Challenge, wearing boots, trousers and carrying a 35lb rucksack – known as tabbing. With a target to finish within 1hr 50mins, the challenge replicates one of the key fitness tests for the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces.
After the The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils freefall display team dropped in, the tabbers and runners were set on their way from Abbey Field by the firing of a 105mm Light Gun. The route took them through Merville Barracks and Friday Woods over the same hills and water obstacles crossed by soldiers on training runs. Around the course, troops firing machine guns and throwing smoke grenades added to the atmosphere.

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Photo credit to read – Corporal Andy Reddy RLC