Colchester: Cadets’ ultimate race for children’s ward

 Tired but triumphant: Photographed after completing The PARAS’10 TAB are (left to right):

Tired but triumphant: Photographed after completing The PARAS10 TAB are (left to right): Adil Hebil-Motie, Tim Reynolds and Charlie Delamere. - Credit: Contributed

THREE air cadets have competed in an event described as “The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race” for a children’s hospital ward.

Tim Reynolds, 17, Charlie Delamere, 17, and Adil Hebil-Motie, 16, all from 308 (Colchester) Squadron, ATC, took part in The PARAS’10 at Aldershot Garrison.

The trio participated in a particularly challenging form of the race called The PARAS’10 TAB.

They battled through hilly terrain and against water, bogs and mud while carrying rucksacks weighing 35lb and wearing long trousers with military-style boots.

Colchester Sixth Form College student Mr Reynolds said: “This is one of the most gruelling challenges known throughout the British Military.

“The hills were sheer, some with gradients in excess of 45 degrees and the rain had been continuous in the days leading up to the event, resulting in what could best be described as lakes in the middle of dirt tracks.

“Covering the ground at a rate of 9km/h with the equivalent of a four-year-old on your back is not for the faint-hearted so all of those who attempted the training can feel immensely proud of their achievements.”

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Two other teenagers were due to take part in the challenge but were forced to pull out through injury.

Mr Reynolds added: “As a youth organisation, we see it quite poignant that any funds raised by us go to children who are perhaps in a less fortunate position than ourselves.”

The trio have raised more than £200 each so far for the children’s ward at Colchester General Hospital and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Caroline Bates, fundraising manager at Colchester Hospitals Charity, said: “This must be one of the toughest challenges anyone has undertaken to raise funds for the charity.

“We are full of admiration for all the boys who trained for The PARAS’10 and very grateful to them for raising so much for the children’s ward.”

The boys’ commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Jean Robinson added: “I am extremely proud of the team and their remarkable achievement on what was such a punishing physical challenge.

“I hope what they have done inspires others and raises much-needed funds for their two chosen charities.”

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