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SAILORS from the Royal Navy’s biggest warship ran a 40-mile relay around the banks of a river to mark the launch of their predecessor a century before.

Ten members of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s ship’s company hit the roads around the River Forth in Scotland to mark 101 years after battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth was launched.

Both ships are billed as the largest, most powerful and most advanced Royal Navy ships of their time.

Running in relays, they left their ship, which will be based in Portsmouth upon completion, in Rosyth Dockyard to cover 40 miles in seven hours.

The run, organised by Executive Warrant Officer WO1 Dave Smith, brought in more than £270 for the carrier’s affiliated good cause, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

‘It was fantastic way to remember the first HMS Queen Elizabeth,’ said writer AB Leslie Webster, the youngest member of the running team.

‘There was a good mix of abilities within the team and we all had great fun.’

The relay run also allowed one of the carrier’s keenest sportsmen to enjoy a unique view of the Queen Elizabeth before leaving her.

Engineering Technician Antony Mains clambered to the top of the north tower of the Forth Road Bridge – 150 metres above the river – from where he could look down on the carrier being completed a couple of miles to the west.

‘What an amazing opportunity and way to spend my last day as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s ship’s company,’ said Antony, who’s now moving to HMS Collingwood in Fareham to continue his training as a weapon engineer.

The previous Queen Elizabeth – a super-dreadnought battleship – served in both world wars.

Her 21st century namesake is more than twice the twice the size at 65,000 tonnes.