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The FCC Team

Who are they?


Although the FCC is widely supported by all serving & ex-Serving members of the Forces & Emergency Services the team that actually, plans, organises and runs the event is very small and all the work is completed all in their own time.

So lets meet the team that not only bring the FCC but also now the FCC - UK, they are as follows: 


Russ Marsh - the MAJOR


Russ came on board with Tim back in late 2008 and had some designs of his own to help the event progress and move forward.  He has been a massive inspiration in helping develop the FCC into what it is today.  Using his years of Service within the Military and his organisational skills it has moved the whole event forward.

He is an keen carper himself and always try's to put himself in the anglers place, ensuring that they will be happy.  He's often seen fishing at the side of Tim

(Entries / Places / Money & Banking)


Tim Gray - the Sergeant Major


Tim has been organising and running carp events for the last 20 years, from small intimate events with 5 anglers right up to the World Carp Classic in 2006 with 175 x pairs (350 anglers), which at the time was the biggest event around.

He ran the BACC - British Army Carp Classic from 2001 until 2008, when the event was getting too big for him alone to run & organise.  In late 2008 Russ came on board to help him, they turned the BACC into a new event the Forces Carp Classic (FCC) which has run annually since then.  It has grown from some 25 anglers in the beginning to the current 100 anglers who attend each year.

Tim is also a keen carp angler and try's to ave a couple of over-nighters each week at his local lake and at least 1 x trip to France fishing each year.

(Admin / Letters & Layout)

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Mark (Zippy) Harroway

IT Manager

Mark has recently joined the FCC Team, in fact just over the past four years to be accurate.  Mark or Zippy runs his own Web Design Company and has been looking after the FCC website for a few years now.

His company is also the writers off the On-line automatic scoring system that was designed & based around the FCC. 

He is the creator of the App - Angling Live which was designed and used first at the FCC The App is available on Apple & Android and you can follow all the action on the app once the event starts.

Again Zippy is a keen angler himself, if he's not sat behind a computer he'll be sat behind his rods.!!


Roger Fullbrook - the Masterchef

Catering Manager

Roger joined the FCC Team a few years back and since that time, has certainly provided some fantastic meals.  He had previously served with Russ when in the Army and had been a Head Chef for many years.  He ensures that whilst Russ & Tim run around with the event, they are fed and watered upon their return.  He has certainly become a rock solid part of the background team.

Another person within the team that is also a keen carp angler, when not helping at the FCC Roger can be found at his beloved Horseshoe Lake.

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Michael Wright - FCC Dad

Camp Helper

Michael Wright is Tim's Dad and has been coming to the FCC now for many years, with a few breaks in between due to poor health.  He has been taken into the FCC family by all the anglers with nearly all of them calling him "DAD" or "FCC DAD".

He loves assisting with whatever he can do and will often be found wondering the lakes, talking to all the anglers during the competition, although be warned his ability to have a drink at 'every' swim is dropping off now.!!

He brings home made Pickles and Mustard / Horseradish to each event to help raise money for GOSH & BLESMA.


You love him, we love him and of course I love him (TG).


Leslie Wright

Charity Manager

Les is a family friend of Tim's who has supported the event since its beginnings back in 2001.

He has many contacts within the angling community and very close tie's with NASH Tackle one of our major Sponsors.  He deals with all the collection from and speaking to company's regarding their support to both the FCC and the FCC-UK events. 


Without his support we would not have been able to raise the large amount that we have, so Thank you from us all.

A keen carp angler and is often found out fishing in Kent & Essex.


Paul Dukes

Medical Emergency Manager

Paul Dukes is our newest member to the team and provides us with that added security of covering all types of Medical Emergencies and yes we've had a few over the years. 


To have him here as part of our team means that we know we have a fully trained and experienced Paramedic on call 24hrs throughout the week.

Paul is also a keen carp angler and motorbike rider, enjoying nothing more than having a ride around the UK roads when off duty.


Harry / Chris / Calum

Camp Helpers

The guys from Sparshot College have been helping us for a number of years now, with all three completing their studies and still asking to come out to France with us, they must enjoy it.

All three are keen carp anglers and are often found out on the banks in UK.

They are a god send in setting up and packing away and are now a fundamental part of the 'team' now and really help out the Organisers a lot nowadays.

We cannot thank all of our team enough as without there support and dedication the event would be a lot harder to manage for Russ and myself, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Please also remember that all team members give up their spare time to help run this event just as we do, so please bear this in mind when discussing items with them.


Russ & Tim


Forces Carp Classic


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