Well lads, enjoyed reading the prac diary's from before so i thought i should stick one up. I had a bit of a shocker if i'm being honest. I should have postponed it as i had a nasty chest infection that lasted for about 3 weeks up to a week before i was due to start the course and even on the course i had a lot of phlegm so i deffo wasn't near the standard that i should have been. I was just so eager to get on the course. Completely my own fault for being stupid. Monday This was the first of a new format of course that starts on a Monday to allow for a full day of travel. I had an early start at 2.30am from limerick to get the bus to Dublin. From there i flew to Manchester and got the train to Darlington. I met up with a few up of the other lads on the course and we had a bit of a wait for the corpral to pick us up. When we go there we picked up all the kit we needed for the week. We then had a briefing about the course and the paras in general. Got an early night after that. Tuesday We had an early start about 5.30 We then had a shower and shave and went to breakfast . When we got back we cleaned the block and then marched to the gym. We had a bit of a wait for the pti to turn up tgen we went on a 4 miler. after a quick warm up We started off at a steady enough run. We then hit a small hill which the pti sprinted up. We had some other hills which we usually sprinted up. We then came to a place called the land of nod. This is where i started to fall behind. After that i was well behind the pack and the corpral was running with me asking if i wanted to get in the jack wagon. I kept refusing but my lungs were so full of phlegm i just couldn't catch up with the pack. I eventually managed to catch up when they stopped for water and stayed with it for the rest of the run. We had a false ending when we got done and did a couple of sprints up the last hill. We then had to answer questions about the names of the hills and did 10 press ups for each we got wrong. After that we had a shower and got changed. We had a couple of presentations and went to the shop. After i sorted my stuff for the next day i got an early night. Wednesday We got up early as we were going to the para block. These lads had just went p company so most of us looked at them with awe. They were getting punished in the corridor with various types of planks for not changing there webbing from p company type to exercise type. We then got a chat with them and they were sound lads. After this we had breakfast with them and we asked them loads of questions. We then got changed for the steeplechase. This was a hangout. We had a warm up and then got into it. This was a hangout. Again my chest got super tight. I did not do well in this. I ended up getting 20 minutes on it which is a crap time. One lad did it in 15. After this we got cleaned up and had more briefings. We got to see some weapons from the armoury which was cool. That night a corpral brought in a tv and we all watched band of brothers which was great. We also had a history and knowledge test about the regiment. Thursday Today was the pfa. After we marched up to the gym we did our press ups and sit ups. This was fine then we went outside for the run. The warm up lap was quite fast and after that we set off. All our legs were quite tired from the previous two days and no one had a pb. Its a tough course but not awful. We then cleaned up and and got in our suits. We got in our suits for our final interviews. I knew i didn't do well but the Sergent and corpral said they liked my attitude and would love to see me back when i was fitter. My stats were Pfa - 9.45 Press ups 55 Sit ups 63 Steeplechase- 20.10 4 miler - fail Ill be back in hopefully 4-6 weeks of smashing the phys.