there are no addresses for those in the province - what do they expect us to do, commute?  :p

lolololololololololol :)
i'm far to old for that silly business, anyway i have writers cramp.  ;D
Pegasusranger - no first hand knowledge. However, I do know a few people who tried out with 21 & 23, they said that 'The Quiet Soldier', by Adam Ballinger is a good guide to selection. He describes lots of ex regulars (including a Marine & a Para) getting binned, which gives an indication of how hard it is.

Despite my lack of direct experience, I found myself wondering about some of the times quoted for runs (I asked about this in the Infantry - Bored on Ops Stag Good Books to Read, but got no response).  Can anybody else comment on this?
Get the Fighting Fit books by Adrian Weale. I also happen to know 2 lads trying out for 21 that wanted to get me to try, but I decided for the Paras instead.

If you can run 8 miles in an hour with weight and in boots, you should make it through the early fitness stages.
Simply be able to run 8 miles in one hour, bleep test level 11, BFT under 9 .30.
Running is not that important, you will spend approx 25 hours running on selection and over 400 marching...you do the maths!!! Don't worry about running, just get the minimum level right.

Do NOT run with weight

Many thanks to all the help given here, I've received some very helpful advice here and through PMs.

Can I ask that if people do feel the need to reply further its only about fitness training for SF so OpSec is respected, ta.
You can be carl lewis guys, pick up an injury on the way and your Fu***d. Dont bother tabbing all over the shop to timings.
Endurance runs work up to 3 hours at slow pace, leg strength (lunges the best), get on the hills with the waight (dont Tab) and get your hill legs, get the water down your neck and hope your lucky  ;) and dont shove mars bars down your neck wost thing you can do

OH.. to be a pilgrim ;)

Mr Happy

I know a man that consumed on his final test in selection 1 packet of mini mars and 1 packet of mini marathons along with a lot of water.

He passed.  What's wrong with Mars Bars?

Those timings sound a little off to me, was that a STAB timing?  I doubt there's a difference between ARAB and STAB timings but I had others quoted to me.
You can be carl lewis guys, pick up an injury on the way and your Fu***d.
Alternatively, you can be Linford Christie, have a visit from the CDT people, and be similarly Fu***d.
What's wrong with Mars Bars?
Oooh, the benefits of sports science lectures from the gravelbellying thing..... (a little knowledge is dangerous thing :) )

It's down to a delightful thing called "Insulin Rebound".

Basically, you eat a Mars Bar, all that sucrose hits your system at once. Your body then produces insulin to break the sugars down into fuel.

Unfortunately, because the sugar hit your system all at once, the body goes a bit OTT in producing the insulin....

...and because there's a time lag between "right, that's the extra sugar broken down" and "OK, I can stop producing extra insulin", you end up with the rebound - where that excess insulin starts lowering that blood sugar below where it was in the first place.

It's also why you might have seen (large US drinks firm with a red-and-white logo) on the paper cups at Wimbledon, but you can be sure it wasn't a full-on sweet drink inside. If you drink unleaded colas when dehydrated, be prepared to get more dehydrated for a bit (because the body drags water away from where it's needed in order to dilute the cola to the same concentration as body fluid). On top of the insulin rebound.....

If you've tried proper isotonic drinks (like Dioralyte) they taste like crap - unless you're dehydrated. It's also the answer to the question "why did Jungle Juice taste like cr*p?"..........

PS hydration is everything. The figures we saw when preparing for a competition in a hot/humid country were fairly terrifying; 1% dehydration leads to a huge dropoff if aerobic performance. Try weighing yourself before/after an aerobic workout, calculate it as a percentage of bodyweight. And don't forget to train at the rehydration plan; there's the occasional GB distance athlete who have screwed up in a hot climate because they'd never trained at running with a pint of fluid in their stomach.........

You'll see the cycle-shops flogging these "energy drinks/bars" etc, because cyclists are interested in maintaining high levels of activity over a long period of time.

Wasn't it a high-standard cyclist from a line infantry unit who put a big hole in one of the regular test week records?

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