Dress & Equipment
Running Race: No specialist running equipment is required for the Paras' 10. The route is unsuitable for running spikes; trainers are advised.
P Company TAB: To enter the P Company TAB, entrants require a bergen (rucksack) weighing 35lbs (16 Kg), long trousers (not tights) and a pair of military type boots.
Boots: Boots must be worn in the P Company TAB, not trainers. With the added Bergen weight you need the stability that they give. Boots should be worn in prior to the race and must have ankle support; military boots or hiking boots are ideal. All boots will be inspected prior to the start of the race.
Bergens: Running with a bergen is uncomfortable, selecting a bergen with padded shoulder straps and good lumbar support will reduce this discomfort. When packing the bergen, entrants are advised to ensure that items used to make the weight is evenly distributed and packed out with soft items, such as a sleeping bag - placed next to the runners back. All Bergens will be weighed at the start and finish. Bergens will not be provided by the race organisers.
For training start with less weight and build up to 35lbs. You can use strong plastic bags of sand, or metal weights, wrapped in a sleeping bag. Fill out the Bergen with lighter pillows so they weight does not shift. Keep the weight low in the Bergen and close to the back.