Paras 10 Run 2018 Credit 16 Air Assault Brigade

Civilians Endure Parachute Regiment Fitness Test In Charity Run

The run gave people the chance to experience what soldiers endure before signing up.

Paras 10 Run 2018 Credit 16 Air Assault Brigade

This year beat previous entry records (Picture: 16 Air Assault Brigade).

More than 1,000 people have been taking part in a charity challenge which replicated the fitness tests soldiers joining the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces have to endure.

Known as 'tabbing' the challenge, the PARAS' 10, involved a 10-mile run carrying a 35lb rucksack in Colchester.

A target was set to complete the challenge in just 1hr50mins.

Participants also had to tackle a range of terrains that are often used by Colchester's soldiers on training marches.

The route took the runners through Merville Barracks, around Friday Woods and back, where they'll have to tackle hills and water obstacles. 

Organiser Major Mark Stone, of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, said:

"This is a great chance for the public to test themselves against our standards."

Despite setting the target of 1hr 50mins, Major Stone said the participants had "three hours to complete the course".

The freefall display team of the Parachute Regiment dropped in to start the challenge.

Money raised from the event will go to The Parachute Regiment’s official charity Support Our Paras, which assists soldiers and families in distress and need.