Lusty’s crew run ashore – for 10km

From D-Day veteran to notorious Liverpool nightclub

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IT was a very different run ashore for the crew of HMS Illustrious when the ship visited Dublin.

A team of more than 20 runners from the amphibious helicopter carrier competed in the Dublin 10km (6.2 miles) night run.

The event, organised by Tourism Ireland, took 5,700 runners on a circuit of the Irish capital incorporating many of the key landmarks along the River Liffey, including the Guinness factory.

Surgeon Lt Cdr Simon Kershaw-Yates was the first of Lusty’s male runners to cross the line with a time of 39mins 50secs and CPO Medical Technician Claire Mclennan was the fastest female with a time of 48mins 38secs.

Commander John Voyce, one of Lusty’s veteran runners, said: ‘I was impressed with the number of runners we fielded and there were some very credible individual performances.

‘We were delighted to have the opportunity to compete in this great event.

‘With around 200 calories in a pint of Guinness, maybe we can learn a lot from Irish training methods.’