London 10k run for Combat Stress - 2007

Reading the abandoned soldier thread has got me thinking that as I will be back in the UK soon I could get off my Arrse and do something for Combat-stress, SSAFA etc. I know Arrsers have done this before and I did the first one in 2001. It takes place on Sunday 1st July

Has anyone put any thoughts into organising an Arrse team for this year, or shall I get the ball rolling. All info/input welcome


Rosie at combat stress and Goatman organised last year - I don't know if it is too early for her to post yet? I need to start running now to get fit enough to crawl round the 10k :)
I have just emailed Rosie to get info. I saw your post poppy which is why I thought of this. Having looked at the site, it looks as though they accepting entrance forms.
Had an email back from Rosie at combat stress. There are places for this years run, but you need to raise £100 minimum sponsership. Any takers?


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If you are organising put my name down.

Me'n'Bee, ScaleyFin and I ran it last year. I did it in deserts with a Combat Stress singlet and Scaley did it in CS95 carrying a bergan full of Carlsberg - he was practising for mud-runs at Horsea. We only caught him up on the Embankment about a mile from the finish.....Me'N'Bee just floated round on a wave of adulation from the admiring crowds and toxic quantities of Brufen....

Happy to go deserts with boots and 'As seen on EBay and issued to Speshul Fawces ' floppy hat for extra impact if required.

Or indeed wearing the hyper-practical and bizarrely seductive 'ARRSE Road Runners ' technical singlet !

See Combat Stress Newsletter here

On July 2nd thousands of individuals laced
up their running shoes and took to the
streets of London to run 10K. Combat
Stress had 12 runners: [Poppy,Me'N,Bee,G'Man,Scaley plus non-ARRSE]and between them raised nearly £2,000 with
money still coming in.

( :highfive: and once again ,many thanks to those ARRSERS who supported us on the day. )

Folks, for people who missed out on the FLM ballot yet again, this is a great race to do.

There's been a lot of mewling and whinging about race organisation on the Runner's World websites about the London 10K and it's rep with runners is poor as a result - IGNORE the whinging civvies and get stuck in ...I PROMISE you will enjoy the day !


Lee Shaver
Im up for it was a hard run due to the weather being damn hot but we managed it and scaley fins is a nutjob lol
Right, we best start a dedicated runners list so that we can arrange a meetup point etc....

Me n Bee

feel free to add yourself


War Hero
I'm up for running that.


War Hero
Sponsored mee n bee last year in lieu of running it myself due to a prior engagement the night before (read: promise of an all night drunken party with laser clay shooting :D ) HOWEVER, after failing to gain a place the FLM ballot I was subsequently offered, and was delighted to accept, a Golden Bond place by Combat Stress :omg: :D

If I'm still alive after the rapidly approaching event on 22 April I will gladly run the 10k for them in July.

Err, what I'm getting at is that I'm definitely a yes, providing I'm not six feet under. :dead:

PS. Begging for sponsorship for the FLM for SUCH a worthy cause will commence shortly. :wink:


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I had a PM from someone asking me about last year's race.

Hope they won't mind too much if I copy my response here as it may help some folk who are havering to decide whether or not to come out and play on the day :

The London 10K is a real experience. As I said, it's had a bad press in the RW forums but I enjoyed it.

The reason people are sniffy about it is because
> there are upwards of 10,000 people involved
> the Start is on the basis of First Come, First Off. No pens, just a four deep queue.
> there are no chip timings.
> both Start and Finish are , in comparison with the completely slick FLM, in a word chaotic
> at (IIRC) £15 a pop it is not cheap for a 10K

DONT do it if you are a serious athlete looking to run a 29 Minute PB 10K
DONT do it if you have a problem running in a big crowd
DONT do it if running big city streets in 70 degree heat is unattractive

I've run a few road races, including the inaugural Umm Qasr 10K in Iraq. I'm not fast but I get round. I've seen slick race organisation and shambolic. I'm old and I'm still here to tell the tale.

DO have a bash if:
> You fancy having a laugh whilst raising money for a VERY good cause.
> You are practising for a major big-city event such as (next year's) FLM , NY Marathon or Paris....the experience of running in a big mixed ability crowd will stand you in good stead.
> You don't mind the heat and are sensible about hydration.
> You would like to have a picnic in the Park with some fellow ARRSERS !

If you fancy running in normal PT kit , well, so do nine tenths of the people who get involved.

Unlike the London Marathon, fancy dress is quite unusual for some reason...I didn't see any Rhinos or people in gorilla TV coverage and not many celebs.

Route last year took us from a Start line in Piccadilly down through the West End onto the Embankment , along to St Paul's and back again.

I stayed at m'Club near Trafalgar Square and walked to the start area which was by Carlton House.

It was a Grand Day Out and a Good Thing To Do.

I hope we will have the honour and pleasure of your company !

Cor, brightened my day that has....I may even go for a slow trot along the sea front to celebrate.

Le Chevre


War Hero

Cheers for top tips, all Happy days as looking to raise cash for Chelsea Pensioners as opposed to PB. All seems good to me will just have to leave the fancy dress at home.

Right, so far we have;


I am running for Combat Stress and have the entry pack from them. If you plan to run for a different charity, contact them for an entry preforma. We will definatly go with goats idea of Combats, boots and some form of matching T shirt (probably Arrsers 4 combat stress, or something like that?). We can do the old carry buckets for loose change as we go round as well. Any more for any more?


last year Combat Stress gave us T-Shirts so no need to get our own


drain_sniffer said:
Poppy said:
last year Combat Stress gave us T-Shirts so no need to get our own

Happy days. You joining the party poppy?

if you are that desperate I dare say I may be able to crawl around the route again :thumright: just make sure you leave a little food at the picnic afterwards for me when I turn up about an hour after everyone else