Richard Clarke reports on the Paras 10 race:
I completed my third Paras’ 10 P-Company Challenge at Catterick Garrison on Sunday and for the third time on a warm and sunny. I appreciated the weather before and after, but not so much during the event.
338 competitors completed the 10-mile course as a ‘simple’ run and 670 of us taking the role of a Tactical Advance for Battle (TAB) carrying 35lb.
It was a particular challenge in the heat, but it’s an enjoyable and well organised event and one I’ll be doing again next year.
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For the second time this year I was within a minute of the target time of 1:50. This time missing out by 39 seconds – so back again next year. The most positive spin I can put on my result is an age-graded position of 53rd out of 670.