Pace stick Competition

#1
Have just heard I might be getting spammed for this in July, Any one give me a heads up as to what is involved?
I am being bribed,getting told its 2 days onthe lash with 20 mins of drill, All answers (true or false) beleived (or believed even) what is involved in the Drill Side , I can manage the 2 days on the lash.
Cheers
B_T
8O 8) :roll: :roll:
 
#2
Watched it last year whilst at Sandhurst. My CSgt was entered and got really into it, but from what i gathered it's mainly a Guards orientated thing with the other entrants heading off on the piss asap. Think an RMP did really well last year though.

If you win you go for the international pace stick comp. Qualiteeee.
 
#3
The coldstream guards used to have a bit of info on this website

http://www.shinycapstar.com/

not sure if it's still there. Never done the competition. Pace sticking involves flipping the open stick over and over whilst marching to provide a measure pace. Are you any good at it then?

The only thing I've ever used the pace stick for in practice is poking whilst shouting or shouting whilst poking. Good luck with it.
 
#4
Do not even think about turning up without a tache that would make Lionel Jeffries jealous. Slash your peak so severely that it cuts into the bridge of your nose and your field of view is restricted to the 6" in front of your mirror-like toe-caps. Its proper tick-tock stuff, always brings a lump to my throat, and a hankering for a return to the days of empire. :wink:
 
#5
Well thanks For the answers so far no doubt more will be forth coming , as it is I am no off for a few days R&R at home for Easter , See y,all after the break
B_T
 
#7
As a spectator sport this must be right up there with curling or synchronised swimming. Maybe it can become an olympic event just like beach volleyball. There's an idea. We can juice it up for telly by having all the contestants perform in bikini's or thongs.
 
#8
trojan said:
http://www.shinycapstar.com/1%20Coy%20Quick%20Time%20a.jpg

says it all


magnificent stuff
What a shower of shite. they're not even in step! The guy on our right hasn't even got his right heel on the floor yet & the lanky WO2 at the back has his foot almost flat! whatever is the world coming to?
Oh & the guy on our left needs to swing his arms 'SHOULDER HIGH YOU WASTE OF SHAGGING RATIONS'.

Erm, those where the days.......


TTFN

BFG
 
#10
OKEE, DOKEE , thats me out on 2 counts , A. no pace stick ( Suppose I could borrow one ) and B. NO 2 Dress a bit of a sqeeze now , It is made fromthat materail that shrinks it , each time it gets cleaned, But thanx for the info ,much appreciated
B_T
 
#11
Cadet direct will rip you off for a pace-stick. £160. If you shop around they can be picked up cheaper but if you buy your own you'll end up paying around a hundred quid for it. Although if you buy your own it will be made to measure and you can specify what wood you want it made of. I really can't see the money in these things though yet I have never found anyone who can knock them up. A good chippy could make the stick but it's getting hold of the brass fittings and steel tips.

It just seems alot of money for an item which you only use as a poking stick unless you're a Guardsman.

:roll:
 
#12
Lairdx
Couldnt agree more , there was a guy came around when I was on my All arms (TA) course, and he wanted about a ton for one then. Still not to worry, I am sure the Issue one I have snaffled will suffice to wiggle at recruits.
Cheers
B_T
 

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#13
I cannot beleive that we are still wasting time and money on Pace Stick competitions.

And don't give me any of the 'great traditions, must be maintained' nonsense - Pace Sticks were only copied from the Royal Artillery by the Infantry around the late '20s. Mind you, that makes them not a loss less senior than some of the Guards Regiments :twisted:

Haven't these people got anything better to do? err, come to think of it, probably not.... :roll:
 
#14
BFG 9000

What a shower of shite. they're not even in step! The guy on our right hasn't even got his right heel on the floor yet & the lanky WO2 at the back has his foot almost flat! whatever is the world coming to?

Oh & the guy on our left needs to swing his arms 'SHOULDER HIGH YOU WASTE OF SHAGGING RATIONS'.



Erm, those where the days.......
The civvy on the left of the photo with the reflector vest, seems to be in step as well :lol:
 
#16
The issue pace stick was never seen at the Pace Sticking World Championships between RMA Sandhurst and the old Guards Depot. Very streamlined 'racing' versions were employed custom built to the individual, usually had the name of the owner inscribed on a little brass plate screwed to the outer edge of the stick. Such sticks were highly coveted.

Long may the tradition continue.
 
#18
Is that chap in the reflective vest a member of the Guards Depot staff? It's just his hi-vis waistcoat doesn't appear to have been ironed....I also like the way the toms standing around doing eff-all are standing "at ease"!
 
#19
trojan said:
http://www.shinycapstar.com/1%20Coy%20Quick%20Time%20a.jpg

says it all


magnificent stuff
Shouldn't the guy at the front left be wearing a Sash as well? Looks like he is a Sgt from what you can see of the rank.

Not that I am remotely qualified to comment on drill.... :wink:
 
#20
Big Al


He will be a Lance Serjeant - Guards & HAC are (I believe) last to use this (see WW1 memorial at Menin Gate for Regiments having Cps & L/Sjt). All Lance Corporals wear 2 chevrons, don't have Corporals.

In photo you should also see extra metal band on peak of cap.

W
 

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