Portsmouth and Gosport mayors in charity challenge

(l-r) The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's consort Andy Fraser, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy and The Mayor of Gosport Chris Carter.   Consort Andy Fraser and Mayor Chris Carter will run in the Great South Run to raise money for charity. Pictured in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (113805-761)
(l-r) The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's consort Andy Fraser, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy and The Mayor of Gosport Chris Carter. Consort Andy Fraser and Mayor Chris Carter will run in the Great South Run to raise money for charity. Pictured in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113805-761)
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IT WAS one of his first acts as mayor – challenging his counterpart to enter a team into the Great South Run.

Gosport’s Chris Carter made the challenge at his mayor-making ceremony earlier this year.

And the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Cheryl Buggy, couldn’t resist the challenge.

Now the two teams of Gosport and Portsmouth will face off to raise money for the two mayors’ chosen charities.

The hand-picked teams will run to claim the glory for their respective captains.

Cllr Carter, who will be running alongside them, said: ‘I’ve done the run many times before. I won’t say I’m going to have a wonderful time, but I feel fairly confident running 10 miles.

‘It’s a challenge event, not a serious thing, though I’d like Gosport to win, obviously.

‘At the mayor-making day in Gosport I issued a challenge to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth for a mayors’ team event.

‘They’ve got 10 people from Portsmouth and I’ve got 10 people from Gosport.

‘It should be an interesting challenge. I’ve done a bit of training but being a councillor and the mayor there’s not much time.’

Cllr Carter has recruited firefighters, sports players, a soldier and a sailor to run alongside him.

Cllr Buggy is relying on the Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, a Royal Marine and a student.

Her son and his wife, an experienced runner, will also run at the event on Sunday.

Cllr Buggy’s consort, Andy Fraser, will be running on her behalf on Sunday.

She said: ‘I’m no fool. Chris Carter challenged me and I immediately stepped to one side and asked my consort to do it.

‘He’s not a runner so he’s really had to start from scratch and become one.

‘I think it’s great he’s determined to do it.

‘It’s more in the spirit of fun than a cut-and-thrust race to the death.

‘In the time we’ve been mayors, Chris and I have developed a strong relationship and appreciate the link between Gosport and Portsmouth is an important one.’

The mayors are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the charities they are backing.

Cllr Carter added: ‘My main charity is the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

‘The reason I chose it is because it’s been around a very long time and it supports some of the older servicemen and their widows and families.

‘I know it’s working very hard out in the field in Gosport supporting elderly people.’

Cllr Buggy said: ‘I’m running a project called Passport To Success, taking 10-year-olds through a series of challenges throughout the year.

‘They get a passport which helps them learn about job opportunities throughout the city.

‘The money raised will go to running costs of the project for 250 young people.’