Following all the recent bogging about fitness and rucking, here is a video of the ‘Paras 10 Challenge’. This is an event that is open to civilians where they tab (ruck) or run the route of the 10-miler around Catterick Garrison.
The actual 10-miler is the first event of test week on Pre-Parachute Selection (Pegasus Company) and is completed as a squad with a 35lb. ruck, rifle plus water in 1 hour 50 minutes.
Oh, and did I forget to mention it is not a flat course – it is hilly – take a look at the terrain in the video. At the 8 mile mark they go into the ‘Land of Nod’ which is used as a work-station during the work-up training (‘Beat Up’) to test week for P Company.
You will see a mixture of military and civilians either rucking it with a weight of their choice, or in running gear with no ruck. After all the recent testosterone talk of rucking and standards, it is a good visual to give you an idea, a benchmark if you like.
Oh, and before I forget:
FIBUA = Fighting In Built Up Areas (Old Brit Speak)
OBUA = Operations in Built Up Areas (New Brit Speak)
FISH = Fighting In Someones House (Brit Joke)
These all = MOUT = Military Operations in Urban Terrain (US Speak).
Live Hard, Die Free.