Soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan to compete in PARAS’ 10

Scott Meenagh at a previous race

Scott Meenagh, former 2 PARA soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan, will compete at this year’s PARAS’ 10 in Catterick Garrison next weekend.

He will be joined by 81-year-old Mike Doyle, ex RAF Regiment, who will tab the course with full 35lb pack.

In addition, ex-Para 87-year-old Jeffrey Long MBE will begin an epic walk from Catterick across England taking in various RAF stations.

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He is doing it for Support our Paras and the RAF Benevolent Fund after raising a huge £120,000 for the Royal British Legion last year with a walk along the Thames towpath.

Scott returns to the same Catterick course next Sunday, September 16, where he was one of only 14 of 64 to pass selection for the Paras from his platoon.

Scott was wounded by an IED (improvised explosive device) in 2011, but has since gone on to excel in multiple sports, representing his country in rowing, athletics and Nordic skiing.

After a year of rehabilitation and learning to walk again with prosthetic limbs, he turned his hand to rowing.

He captained the British Army team to multiple medals at the Invictus Games in 2014, winning two silvers on the water and added two more silvers on the athletics track in Toronto 2017.

He topped the podium on his Great Britain rowing team international debut and narrowly missed out on Rio 2016.

He then switched to Nordic skiing, representing GB in the World Cup in Finland, 2016, and competed in the Winter Paralympics biathlon in Pyeongchang, South Korea earlier this year.

“I had the story of how I lost my legs looming over my shoulder everywhere I went, every newspaper article was about being a soldier and losing my legs,” he said.

“That was a bad day at work for us and I didn’t want it to define me for the rest of my life.

“Sport is where I’ve found my purpose, reason and definition. In sport, you find yourself in a world where people don’t care how you got injured.”

The main race starts at 11am but to mark the two octogenarians’ efforts the Red Devils Army Freefall Display Team will drop in before they set off in opposite directions at 10.30am.

The PARAS’10 is an authentic military challenge run over the same 10-mile course used in Para selection.

It can be run ‘clean fatigue’ in shorts and trainers or ‘tabbed’ the Para way with boots and 35lb Bergen.

The event is organised by and for the Parachute Regiment’s charity, Support our Paras and the proceeds support its soldiers and families.

Entry is open to civilian and military individuals and teams.

Enter online at www.paras10.com