Ladies to take on Great South Run for Royal Marines

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THESE ladies have one thing in common — they all married Royal Marines.

Now they are preparing to race in the Great South Run to celebrate the Royal Marines’ 350th anniversary.

Royal Marines wives (l-r) Janey McCulley, Suzie Davies, Tanya Brady, Mary Jess, Jen Trafford and Justine Morris. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142574-1)

Royal Marines wives (l-r) Janey McCulley, Suzie Davies, Tanya Brady, Mary Jess, Jen Trafford and Justine Morris. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142574-1)

A group of 16 ladies are taking on the world’s leading 10-mile running event on Sunday, October 26, to raise £5,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Janey McCulley, 41, from Lee-on-the-Solent, decided to take part after her husband Major Steve McCulley was injured in 2011.

She said: ‘I’m really keen to support charities like his that help injured servicemen. The charity provides a lot of support not just for the injured people but for their families - serving marines as well as retired marines which is really important.

‘Unfortunately the marines have a disproportionate number of casualties in most recent conflicts. That’s why it’s important that they are supported.’

Janey said she’s looking forward to the run.

‘The training is going alright. I’m just getting to the really long runs so that’s the challenging part,’she said.

‘I’m a little bit nervous. I’ve never run 10 miles before so I’m not really sure how that’s going to go yet. I’m excited.’

Suzie Davies, 38, from Hill Head, added: ‘A group of us decided that we would get together and do something and it happened to be the Great South Run - because of where it is. We are running along the Eastney barracks and through the historic dockyard.

‘It’s going really well. I’ve got young children so I am doing a mix of running with the buggy. My husband is being really supportive.

‘He’s home right now so he’s helping me by pushing me out at six in the morning. Running around this area here in the beach in the mornings makes it a lot easier to do.

‘I’m excited about it. I’ve never done anything like this before so I think it will be great for me, great for the wives and obviously great for the charity.’

Justine Morris, 45, is a mum-of-three from Petersfield.

She said: ‘Most of us have got young families so that’s quite difficult over the summer holidays but now the kids are back at school we are all cracking on.

‘I’m slightly nervous but I think that’s a good thing.’

There are still spaces available. Visit greatrun.org.