What's the fastest mil 1.5 mile time?



A little chubby welsh lad called Telfryn Butt did his 1st BFT in 7:11. That was back in 1994. I was in depot with him.

He was about 5'2" and could ******* shift.


I've found him on Facebook. I'll ping him the link, and see if anything comes of it.
There have been loads of Soldiers who have run faster than that. In fact I have heard reports of people running it in boots faster than that in the 80s.

I would imagine the fastest would be somewhere around 6:30.

For reference, I would guess a top level Olympic miler would be able to do it in just under the 6 min mark.


Any chance of it coming into the "public" domain, we can't see the post on the intranet!
Weird. That's a DII link and I can't open it now!

Soldiers with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) at Imjin Barracks in Innsworth had an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete with three Olympic athletes from Malawi last week.

Currently training at the University of Gloucestershire's Oxstalls Campus, the three Olympic runners arrived at Imjin Barracks last Thursday morning and participated in a basic personal fitness assessment (BPFA) with over 100 soldiers, civilians and family members stationed at the elite NATO headquarters just outside of Gloucester.

Consisting of two minutes of press-ups and two minutes of sit-ups followed by a one-and-a-half-mile (2.4km) run, the BPFA is an annual requirement for all British soldiers. Participating soldiers are graded according to their level of performance and effort, and are encouraged to complete all the elements to the best of their ability.

The Malawian Olympic athletes participating were marathon runner Mike Tebulo, marathon pace-setter John Kayange, 400-metre runner Ambwene Simukonda, and coach Francis Munthali. Tebulo, Kayange and Munthali all competed in the one-and-a-half-mile run, with pace-setter John Kayange completing the run in the fastest time (7.36 minutes).
Fastest I know 6m 24s in boots, Jan 9th, 1987. Not me but he was in my squad.
Doing the run as part of a BPFA ie preceded by Press Ups and Sit Ups delivers slower running times than just running the BFT on its own......that's my excuse anyway!
Difficulty with BFT times is consistency of the course. No two are the same, and so there will be plenty of anecdotes of superhuman feats of speed!
Difficulty with BFT times is consistency of the course. No two are the same, and so there will be plenty of anecdotes of superhuman feats of speed!
Too true - I have run many a route that must have been 'estimated' One notable one in NI in the 90s where I achieved a best ever 8:09 running with a hangover, that course must have been at least 200 yards short - either that or the Guinness gave me wings!
I witnessed on being done in just over 7:30 in boots. I think the bloke was wearing Aircrew boots, mind, but I was too knackered & blowing out of my hoop a good minute & a half behind him.
I loathe running which is probably why I've never managed to do any better than 09.45. Shameful really!
There were a couple of us in my platoon that used to knock it out off in or around 7.30 regularly in boots, I was a bit of a racing snake, the quickest one I did was 7.15.
Found it easier in boots the trainers, could only manage 9.30 though !
I knew the record in my first garrison in Bicester was 6.29 by signals guy (tri service runner If I remember rightly) when I first joined the RAOC in 1992 was. I was on the current 10 ten placed ninth with 8.01 - i never broke 8.00 mins but I argued the toss because I think I did it in boots - Now I am a 38 year old knacker who does 10.15 not bad considering I have 11.30 to pass!

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