Chris Collier

London Marathon – OC P Coy

Our very own OC P Company is also taking part in this year’s London Marathon.

Chris Collier London Marathon (2)Chris Collier is taking part in his third consecutive London Marathon this year with a view of beating his personal best time of 2h 58m 59s.

Having served in The Parachute Regiment for 16 years, Chris has chosen to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS as the charity of the regiment.  As Chris says, “They continue to provide much needed support and assistance to serving and ex-serving members of The Parachute Regiment and their families who require help.”

Help Chris reach, and smash through his fundraising target by donating to his page.  He has promised that the more he raises, the faster he will run!

Mike Ellicock World Record Attempt 2013

London Marathon 2015 – NEW World Record

UPDATE 28/04/15

Mike Ellicock GWR 2015On Sunday 26 April 2015, Mike Ellicock broke the World Record for ‘Fastest Marathon Carrying a 20-lb Pack.’  Mike ran the 26.2 mile course in an impressive 2h 56m 39s, smashing the previous record by a whole 10 minutes!

He said, “Did it! There was an ex-Royal Marine and another guy both going for the same record on the day so it was a race and extra special to come out on top and get the record by 10 minutes. I ran the second half 30sec quicker than the first so much better execution than last time! Thanks for the amazing support to date – it would be great to get a few more donations if possible – so please help out if you can.”

You can still donate to Mike’s fundraising page here.


Running the London Marathon in a good time is a challenge for most people.  So imagine trying to break a World Record at the same time.  Mike Ellicock is doing just that, for the second time!

Mike Ellicock World Record Attempt 2013In 2013, Mike broke the World Record for ‘Fastest marathon carrying a 40-lb pack’ by completing the London Marathon in just 3h25.  This year, he is back to try and break the Record for ‘Fastest marathon carrying a 20-lb pack.’

The record currently stands at 3h 06m 16 seconds and was set at the Tokyo Marathon in February 2015.  Mike is aiming to complete the London Marathon in under 3 hours.

This year, Mike is raising money for both SUPPORT OUR PARAS and National Numeracy – two charities which hold a very special place in his heart.

Mike Ellicock World Record Attempt 2013In September 2000, Mike was platoon commander for A Coy 1 PARA when he was injured on operations, but thanks to a rapid casevac, he suffered no permanent damage.  He has chosen to raise money for SUPPORT OUR PARAS in aid of those who did not share his good luck and who need support for many years to come.

National Numeracy is an independent charity established in 2012 to help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills. Mike is CEO of National Numeracy and believes that if you value something, believe that you could do it and then put the effort in, almost anything is possible.

We wish Mike the very best of luck and hope he smashes the World Record this year just like he did in 2013.

You can visit Mike’s fundraising page here.

PARAS'10 finishers

PARAS’10 – The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race

Regarded as The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race, the PARAS’10 is based on the 10 miler from The Parachute Regiment’s P Company test week.  The first event of test week, the 10-mile march is conducted as a squad over undulating terrain with each candidate carrying a bergen (backpack) weighing 35lbs (plus water) and a weapon. The march must be completed in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

PARAS'10 posterFounded by WO1 JJ Wilson, The PARAS’10 was hosted by The Parachute Regiment in Aldershot between 1982 and 1993.  Since the Paras left Aldershot in 1993, this legendary event was dormant until it was revived by Major Sam McGrath in 2008 in Catterick, N.Yorkshire.  Due to its success in Catterick the race was taken to the home of 16 Air Assault Brigade in Colchester in 2012 and was revived in Aldershot in 2013.  The primary aim of raising funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS, whilst providing a challenging and enjoyable event, remains key to the events success.

The event costs just £35 to enter and is open to anybody over the age of 16.  Participants can choose to either run the 10 miles, or TAB it ‘Para style’ with boots and a 35lb bergan.  There is also the option to enter as a Cani-X entrant, if you and Fido fancy a new challenge.  We are also fortunate enough to offer the PARAS’2 again in Catterick, for children aged between 8 and 14 years of age for just £10.  All children must be accompanied by an adult (who runs for free) and entries must be made online before the day of the event.

PARAS'10 No Roads2015 will see another PARAS’10 ‘Double of Trouble’ with races on 4th July in Colchester and on 6th September in Catterick.  We are set for a record field this year, with entries for Colchester currently steaming ahead of Catterick.

This year also sees the FREE Colchester Garrison Show falling on the same day as the Colchester PARAS’10, with the very best of 16 Air Assault Brigade available for the public to view.  As well as guns, helicopters and armoured vehicles on display, The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils will also be making an appearance.

Keep Calm and Enter


For more information, or to enter any or all of the races, please visit



On 14 July 2015, we are holding a Charity Dinner at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in the City of London EC1 2BQ.  This will be the first SUPPORT OUR PARAS major fund raising event for 2015. A similar event held at the HAC in 2014 in support of the Afghanistan Trust was attended by City bankers, lawyers, accountants, consultants and business men, among others.

This year’s Dinner will be the first under the banner of the SUPPORT OUR PARAS charity. We hope the evening will be a celebration of the achievements that have been made with your support. It is only with your help that we have been able to provide assistance to those who need it.

Charity Ball Advert final JUNE 2SUPPORT OUR PARAS is a registered charity (1131977) which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers, their families, those affected by recent operations and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirt and heritage.

Format of the Evening:

1830-1950 – Champagne drinks reception on the HAC forecourt.
1830 – Static displays of Para equipment, vehicles and troops.
A racing car from the Support Our Paras Racing team. See
1920 – Free Fall Display of The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils.
1930 – The Band of The Parachute Regiment.
1950 – Guests are escorted to the dining room by Para table hosts.
2000 – Para Colour Parties march into the dining room & post the Regimental Colours.
2000 – Dinner (each table hosted by a member of the Parachute Regiment).
2150-2200 – Guest speaker Martin Hewitt.  Wounded in Afghanistan, disabling his right arm, former PARA officer Martin has since trekked to the North Pole, competed in Army ski teams and led an Everest expedition. He will tell his inspiring story.
2200-2300 – Auction of major items by Mr Russ Williams (a popular professional auctioneer).  Auction Lots -To be confirmed.  There will also be two silent auctions.
2300-0000 – Late Bar.
0000 – Carriages.

Entertainment for the evening

The Band of the Parachute Regiment
The City of London Wind Quintet

Please note that all proceeds from the evening will go direct to the SUPPORT OUR PARAS charity.

Tables of 9 + host – £1950
Individual tickets – £195

Dress: Black tie and miniatures / Mess Kit

If you are interested in supporting SUPPORT OUR PARAS or attending this event then please contact the SUPPORT OUR PARAS charity secretary Natalie Urbaniak Phone: 01206 81 7074 or Stephen Cooper the Plans Director Mob: 07946 531 139

Paras impress on Brands Hatch BTCC debut

Paras impress on Brands Hatch BTCC debut

Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing began its march to success in the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship when it delivered an impressive opening weekend.

Paras impress on Brands Hatch BTCC debutThe team’s Infiniti Q50 race cars are prepared by injured ex-servicemen from the Parachute Regiment, with all team profits being donated to SUPPORT OUR PARAS, the official Regiment charity.

And just four days after the car completed its first test at the team’s Mallory Park HQ in Leicestershire, it exceeded the goals it had set itself for the first triple-header at Brands Hatch.

Derek Palmer, the 28-year-old Scot, was charged with driving the team’s first car at the Kent circuit: the second will debut at the next round at Donington Park on April 18/19 in the hands of Richard Hawken.

Paras impress on Brands Hatch BTCC debutSupported by a number of serving members of the Parachute Regiment, Palmer overcame an early power steering problem to bag two top 20 finishes.

“We’ve exceeded our expectations this weekend,” Palmer stated as he thanked the Paras who had worked tirelessly to prepare his race car.

“No one should underestimate the achievement the Paras have delivered. These are guys who were injured serving our country, and in the space of a few months have built a BTCC racer capable of competing successfully in Britain’s top championship.

“Of course it’s been a challenge, but it’s not in their nature to fail.”

Paras impress on Brands Hatch BTCC debutAnd Palmer’s performance — finishing 20th in Race 2, before improving to 18th in the day’s finale — was praised by ex-Para, Team Leader Darren Fuller.

“For all injured Paras who form part of the team, the weekend’s been absolutely fantastic,” Fuller, a former Colour Sergeant in the Parachute Regiment who lost his right arm serving in Afghanistan 2008, explained.

“It’s been a massive achievement just to get here with one car to race in the ultra-competitive BTCC. And we’ll certainly have the second car on the grid in a fortnight at Donington.

“The lads are doing it for the charity and what we actually want to do is raise awareness and funds for that charity, and today was the first step towards achieving that.

Paras impress on Brands Hatch BTCC debut“The blokes feel like they’re a big part of something important, which is potentially helping their injured mates out.”

The Parachute Regiment Charity