Julie’s love for Royal Navy inspires run for charity

AIMING HIGH From left Dave Gibson, Julie Behan from Seafarers UK, Royal Naval Benevolent Trust chief executive Stephen Farrington, Rob Jesson and Callum Gibson
AIMING HIGH From left Dave Gibson, Julie Behan from Seafarers UK, Royal Naval Benevolent Trust chief executive Stephen Farrington, Rob Jesson and Callum Gibson
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SHE’S taken on the challenge of the Bupa Great South Run more times than she can remember.

Now for the first time former Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Julie Behan is racing for a worthy cause close to her heart.

The 48-year-old, who works for Seafarers UK, which gives annual grants to more than 70 maritime charities, will be joined by three of her colleagues during the 10-mile run on Sunday, October 28.

Julie, of Leith Avenue, Paulsgrove, wants to raise money for Seafarers UK, based at Castaway House, Stamshaw, because she has fond memories of her time in the senior service.

‘After I left the navy in 2005 following my time at HMS Collingwood I decided I wanted to give something back,’ she said. ‘The opportunity came along to do the Great South Run for Seafarers UK and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do just that.’

‘I can’t remember how many times I’ve competed in the Great South Run – it must be more than 10. I’m a keen runner and so are the people I’m doing it with too. This will be the first time I’ve done the race for a charity – in the past I was just doing it for myself.

‘Every year I feel excited about taking part but this time it’s going to be extra special.’

Former Royal Marine Dave Gibson, who works for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) at Castaway House, will join Julie with his son Callum.

Dave said: ‘We want to raise as much money as we can. We hope that businesses and people from Portsmouth, many of whom will have maritime connections, will support us in our fundraising efforts.’

The race starts in Southsea and takes in famous sights including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Spinnaker Tower. To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/seafarers