Lanyard Trophy

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  1. Somehow I've ended up on the squadron PTI's "fit list" and I've managed to sign myself up for the 'Lanyard Trophy' without checking what it is... Heard a rumour that it's akin to a marathon carrying 40lbs in roughly the same time as it takes the average Joe to run it... If this is true, I'm in the sh1t!

    Can someone spare a torch and shed some light?
  2. It is indeed a 40lb march over 40 mile's.

    Good Luck. :twisted:
  3. What's the old expression - never volunteer for anything!! Yes you are in the sh1t – its harder than the good old Cambrian Patrol! I have seen hardened killers reduced to tears by the end of Lanyard. You have really sh1t out. But good luck anyway!
  4. Are there any details of the Lanyard Trophy on ArmyNet or similar?

    Looking for dates, eligibility, etc.

  5. That's 2 on the list then!
  6. This competition was introduced By 216 Signal Squadron (Para)

    The Lanyard Trophy.

    This trophy was instituted in 1979 by the unit and takes its name from the unique lanyard worn by the Royal Signals members of the Squadron. It is awarded to the team winning the 6th Field Force HQ and Signal Squadron annual 40 mile endurance march. The march, which is undertaken by every fit man in the Squadron, is open to units by invitation. The winning team consists of the first team of four men from the same minor unit or sub unit of a major unit to cross the finishing line. Each man must carry a military load of not less than 30 lbs and a rifle. The inaugural race took place on 17-18 July 1979 along the South Downs Way (GR 790182 to GR 258110). The winning team was from 6th Field Force HQ and Signal Squadron (The old name of 216 )in an average time of 12 hours 5 minutes. The individual winner was Sergeant Temmen of 249 Signal Squadron (AMF)(L) in a time of 9 hours 33 minutes.

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  7. The History of the Lanyard


    Immediately following the landings in Normandy by 6th Airborne Divisional Signals on 6 June 1944, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel 'Pygmy' Smallman- Tew, encouraged each man to plait for himself a lanyard from the camouflaged rigging lines of parachutes still scattered on the DZs.

    The aim of this exercise was to ensure that each man had in his possession a length of strong cord which might be useful should he be involved in any future attempt to escape capture by the enemy. All soldiers carried out their Commanding Officer's wish and the lanyard was worn by all ranks.

    Some weeks after the landings, Lieutenant Colonel Smallman-Tew, although wounded in the arm by a piece of shrapnel, elected to remain at duty and took it upon himself to take a newly joined officer, Lieutenant Much, to his Brigade Signal Section (K) at Le Mesnil. On 22 July 1944, on the journey by airborne jeep, Lieutenant Colonel Smallman-Tew , Lieutenant Much and their driver were killed when a German mortar shell hit their vehicle near Escoville. Lieutenant Colonel Smallman- Tew was extremely popular throughout the Regiment and the lanyard continued to be worn after his death as was his wish.

    The special camouflaged rigging lines were later obtained from RAF sources as it was traditional that each man plaited his own lanyard. After the war, the camouflaged rigging lines of the X type statichute were obtained from the manufacturers. Brigadier D A Pringle, who at the time was the Commanding Officer of 6th Airborne Divisional Signal Regiment, recalls that in 1947 he wrote to the GQ Parachute Company of Woking in an attempt to buy rigging line. The owners of the Company sent to the Regiment with their compliments and blessing, their entire residual stock as a present. The Regiment at this time was fortunate in that a Signalman who had been in the Merchant Navy was an expert at knotting. He soon became a one man lanyard factory.

    It was not unti1 1954 that an official request was made by 16th Independent Parachute Group Signal Squadron for the lanyard to be recognised officially. In the same year, the request was granted and the lanyard became formally recognised as an official embellishment and therefore became available from Ordnance sources.

    The lanyard has been proudly worn since 1944 by all ranks of airborne signals units in direct descent from 6th Airborne Divisional Signals in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Smallman-Tew. It continues to be worn today with equal pride by all signallers of 6th Field Force HQ and Signal Squadron.
  8. Must be off your heads to do it . We done it a few years back when it was up in yorkshire near Catterick, Never seen so many people go through so much pain.
    Stuff of nightmares.
  9. Thanks for the replies.

    Does the bit about units being invited to participate still stand, or is it a free for all?
  10. As far as i can remember you just enter a team.It must consist of ten soilders including 1 officer and 1 SNCO,
    And for your team to count at the end no more than 2 are allowed to drop out. But regardless of how many do drop out you will be rewarded with a hard earned certificate at the end. Feet hurting like fek an all........
  11. OK, thanks!

    Final question: when is it? (i.e. is it roughly the same time each year?)
  12. The weight fo TA is less. Only one TA team finished last year and so won. All other TA teams were taken off the hill after dark.
    Thorough preparation and knowledge of the ground is the key, but even this doesn't guarantee all will go well, even for regular units with up to 3 months fulltime fitness.
  13. This year it is being run by 14 Sigs and will take place in Brecon. Taking place end of September this year instead of the usual May.
  14. What happened there then? Unprepared for the elements, or just plain knackered?

    And any idea what the TA weight is?

  15. It took place at Otterburn in May last year. We were there for a full week prior to the event for route recces and final preparation in generally less than mild weather. But then on the day - HEATWAVE!!!!!