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The History of Hill Racing – The Gurkha Khud Race

The Gurkha Khud Race will take place on 20th July 2019 in Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons. The Infantry Battle School aims to re-ignite this long-lasted custom of the Brigade of Gurkhas. This time the race is open to all the general public who can compete alongside serving Gurkhas Soldiers. 

The Hill Race was first introduced by Major The Honorary (later Brigadier General) C G Bruce of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) as a protest against the Indian Army attitude which considered that Gurkhas could not compete on equal terms with Punjabis, Sikhs and other Indian Army castes. Unsurpassed among athletic contests as a spectacle, it had important consequences, for it not only established the reputation of the Gurkha as practically invincible on the hill-side, but also had the effect of improving military skills associated with hill-work generally in the context of operations in the hills of the North West Frontier. In 1890 the first year of the Punjab Frontier sports competition, a hill race was run with 133 starters of all classes. The first thirty-three places were won by Gurkhas, the first Punjabi coming in 34th.

Three annual local races followed and in 1894 the 5th Gurkha Challenge Cup was presented to become the Hill Race Trophy.

This silver trophy now resides in the Gurkha Museum. The Trophy is a silver statue of a Gurkha in national costume, and was commonly known as “The Little Man”.

One of the most notable of all the hill running performances was in 1899. Havildar Harkbir Thapa had been with Bruce in England when they went to the Isle of Skye. As the result of an argument between the Laird, McLeod of McLeod and some of his ghillies, a small bet was made that Harkbir would not run from Sligachan Inn to the top of Mount Glamaig and back in an hour and a quarter, the ghillies saying that their dogs could not do this. The distance is two miles open moorland to the foot, and a rise of 2,817 feet to the summit. Harkbir accomplished it by himself in thirty-seven minutes to the summit, and eighteen minutes back to the Inn without fatigue. This record remained unbroken until 1997; many athletes in the North had tried to beat it, but it took a professional fell runner in running shoes, nearly a hundred years later to shave off five minutes from the time set in 1899.

 

 

After the transfer of the four Gurkha Indian Army Regiments to the British Army on 1st January 1948 operations in Malaya interrupted the reintroduction of the Gurkha Hill Race Trophy. With the formation of 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade in Hong Kong in 1960, the first 48 Brigade Khud Race competition was run on a hill called “Nameless” in the New Territories that same year. The course was one mile and 164 yards long, and involved a steep climb up a 1,300 foot slope followed by a perilous descent of 1,200 feet.

The Hong Kong record time was set by Colour Sergeant Gobinda Rai 10 Gurkha Rifles in 1981, in a time of fifteen minutes and twelve seconds before the last Khud Race was run in Kong Kong in 1996.

The last Brigade Hill Race was run in the United Kingdom on a very wet and windy day in Wales on 6th June 1995 which was won by 3rd Royal Gurkha Rifles. After 106 years of Gurkha Hill Racing this spectacular sporting event has ceased to be run in Britain’s Gurkha Regiments.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is May’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Gurkhas in Australia
  • Exercise RATTLESNAKE – 2019
  • Public Duties Queen’s Gurkha Engineers
  • Life in the Combined Royal Gurkha Rifles Centre -Operation TORAL 7
  • Burma Day
  • Exercise LION SUN THREE

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The closing date for our Photography competition is getting close. Have you submitted your entries yet. There is a prize worth £150 to be won and you will get featured across our digital network and cover of Parbate magazine. 

It is open to all serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Gurkha Veterans. 

If you are a professional photographer in your own right you are not allowed to enter and any entries made from such parties will be removed from the competition. HQBG reserves the right to disallow any entries or persons submitting entries. 

So please submit your entries (up to 3 per person) and application form to: rhq3parbate@gmail.com no later than 31st May 2019.

 

GURKHA AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2019 ENTRY GUIDELINES

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the first Brigade of Gurkhas Photographic Competition aimed at serving personnel and veterans of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Closing date for entries is 31st May 19. Below is a simple criteria and application form for submissions.

OVERVIEW

In order to take part, you must be a serving member of the Brigade of Gurkhas or Gurkha veteran at the time the application process ends on 31st May 19.

Any person or image that does not fulfil the criteria will be ignored. Personal submission details must be correct, or the entry will be ignored. All entries must be by email to rhq3parbate@gmail.com

We will not respond to email entries unless necessary.

You will be informed by email if you were in the top 6. The Winner will receive a prize.

HQBG will not be liable for any costs of capturing and sending the images.

IMAGE SIZE

The file size must be at least 3MB. Set your device to capture at its maximum resolution. If unsure look up how to do this online for your chosen device.

DEVICE USED FOR IMAGE CAPTURE

Images can be captured on any device as long as the minimum image size of 3MB can be met.

TIMEFRAME OF IMAGES

As this is the first Gurkha Photographic Competition, the images must have been taken in a period from Jan 2018 up to the date you send them in. This office can recognise images that are taken outside this timeframe from the metadata attached to any image.

IMAGE COMPOSITION

Top tip: We are looking for people focused images that will enhance the Gurkha Brand should the images be used by Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas.

The images can be of any event relating to Gurkhas: Exercises, Training, Sport, Adventurous Training, Social, Portraits, Groups or Teams etc.

If you are supplying images taken on Operations, you may need to seek clearance from PJHQ. If unsure, send it to the POC’s email (detailed below) with enough time for the question to be asked to PJHQ. If the operation is in the past, a judgement call can be made in the office as to whether we can use that submission.

We will not accept collages – multiple images on one pasted together in software.

You may use software to enhance the photograph. Noting that simple is often the best.

Images can be portrait or landscape.

COPYRIGHT

You must have taken the image(s). You must have permission to take the image(s). If the images show children under the age of 16 you must have parental permission in place to take and use that image for this competition. Anyone found to be representing images as their own but they did not take them will face disciplinary actions and if raised as an issue by an outside agency legal action for copyright infringement.

SUBMISSION

You can send up to 3 images.

Cut of date for submissions is 31 May 2019. Any entry after this date will be ignored.

HQBG will retain all images for possible use on HQBG and or GBA outputs, digital or printed. No reference to the photographer will be made if the images are used post the competition

Application forms must be completed in full. The Application form is available on this webpage or this link.

PRIZES

The top prize will be worth approx. £150 (not cash) to be announced in due course.

Top six winning entries will appear in PARBATE, GBA website and social media.

They will be displayed at the Brigade of Gurkhas annual conference at Brigade Week and Brigade Bhela in July 19.

The winner will be invited to receive their prize from the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas and or Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.

Guidelines correct as at 19th February 2019, but are subject to change.

GUIDELINES PDF

Gurkha photographic 19 Competition Guidelines

APPLICATION FORM

Photography competition 19 application form

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is April’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Further Growth in the Brigade of Gurkhas
  • New Kabul Compound Skills House Simunition Training
  • Gurkha Company Sittang Cross Country Competition 2019
  • Historical Town Twinning between Dhampus and Brecon
  • The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers Public Duties in London

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE) families and their dependants returned home after a productive educational day trip in London.
Ably supported by the Brigade Education and Welfare Grant.
They watched and learnt about the Queen’s Guard by our very own QGE Public Duties Company, Changing of the Queen’s Guard at the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace, Friary Court of St James’s Palace as well as the Tower of London, where the Ceremony of The Keys takes place. They explored the fortress, prison, Royal Mint, and The Crown Jewels.

England Football Team Captain Harry Kane was awarded with an MBE by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace for services to football.

Harry Kane is seen here with The Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers, Captain Kiran Pun  and Captain Kamal Khapung at Buckingham Palace after receiving the award last week.

Sapper Himal Prasad Limbu (Queen’s Gurkha Engineers), has been awarded the Best Rifleman Trophy for year 2018-2019 in Gurkha Wing Mandalay (GWM). 

The Best Rifleman Trophy is awarded to the Gurkha private soldier (regardless of cap badge of the Brigade of Gurkhas) who is considered to have made the greatest contribution to GWM throughout the year. This award is presented during the Mandalay Day Parade every year.  It was presented by Commanding Officer Infantry Battle School, Lieutenant Colonel Shaun Chandler. 

 

 

Junior Commander’s Course -Top Student

 

Many congratulations to Corporal (Cpl) Dhan Prasad Ghale who was awarded the top student on Junior Commander’s Course.  Cpl Dhan is currently serving with Gurkha Company, Infantry Training Centre Catterick as a Physical Training Instructor.

He was also one of 13 members who had successfully summited the Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) during Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017.

 

Command, Control and Communication Corporal Course Top Student

Many Congratulations to Cpl Bikash Gurung who was awarded top student on his Military Engineer Command, Control and Communication (C3S) Corporal Course.

He is currently serving with 70 Gurkha Field Squadron.

 

The Gurkha Recruiting Website has been updated. Please use the below link to find out the most up to date information on British Army Recruitment. Videos of physical tests will follow soon.

 

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is March’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Gurkha Recruit Intake 19 Reception and Induction
  • Operation CABRIT – Poland
  • The Police Liaison Detachment (PLD) on Operation TORAL 7
  • 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Oman
  • Gurkha Memorial Construction Falkland Islands
  • Exercise TIGER GRANADA KHUKURI

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