Now we all know and although I'll admit it was close to 20 years ago that I left, physical fitness is a vital ingredient in doing your job. The Army of the 1980's seemd to be obsessed with running, bfts, cfts cross country running etc. Some of us were a lot better at walking long distances than the many miles that the racing snakes wanted us to emulate. Physical training was rarely left to the individual. If it was and I recall 6 months at the back end of a BAOR posting where apart from bfts myself and a mate tabbed furiously for 10 miles a day with kit including the GS bergans weighted up when they arrived. It was the fittest for role I had ever been and I did it with the minimum of running and therefore sufferd none of the non runners running injuries, shin splints, anterior compartment etc. What I am getting at is why did the Army change from the 10 mile bash as it used to be in CEMO for an 8 mile run in CEFO? The army damaged more peoples knees etc doing that than any amount of crawling back from town minging drunk. I was told by a D&D lad that H Jones started or at least promoted the craze in the Infantry for running, for that reason alone I dont miss him!