Regarded as The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race
Founded by WO1 JJ Wilson, The PARAS’10 was hosted by The Parachute Regiment in Aldershot from 1982 to 1993.
The PARAS’10 is a 10 mile endurance race based on The Parachute Regiment’s 10 miler from selection at the end of training. During test week, recruits are assessed and scored across 8 separate events. The 10 mile march is the first event and is conducted over undulating terrain with each man carrying a bergen weighing 35lbs plus water and a weapon. The march must be completed in 1 hour 50 minutes and it is this event that forms the basis of the PARAS’10.
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 for one time only in Aldershot in 2013.
The PARAS’10 is managed by the charity SUPPORT OUR PARAS and serving soldiers of The Parachute Regiment. The primary aim of raising funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS whilst providing a challenging and enjoyable event remains key to the events success.
Participants can race as individuals or as part of a team. Teams must comprise 4 runners, with the aggregate of all 4 times counting towards the Team Prize in each race. Team trophies for Run, Military Tab, Civilian Tab.
In the Media
The unique nature of the PARAS’10 attracted the attention of the running press and local media. Follow the links below to read race coverage of previous PARAS’10 races:
- Coronation Street actress to attend PARAS’10 challenge at Catterick
Richmondshire Today – 03 Jun 2019
- Survival of the fittest in PARAS’10 challenge
East Anglian Daily Times – 20 May 2019
- PARAS’10 race 2019
Daily Gazette – 20 May 2019
- Author Bill Hayton will take part in PARAS’10 army challenge
Daily Gazette – 08 Apr 2019
- Tough get going on Para course
The Yorkshire Post – 15 Sep 2008