Through thick mud and under a beating sun, some 800 runners took part in the PARAS’ 10 charity challenge in Colchester today (Sunday 18 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 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.
The tabbers and runners were set on their way from Abbey Field by a display by the Red Devils, the freefall display team of The Parachute Regiment; and 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.
Profits from entrance fees raised money for The Parachute Regiment Charity, which supports Paras and their families who are in need, but runners are free to collect sponsorship for any charity.
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Photo credit to read – Corporal Andy Reddy RLC