Sailors had fun in fancy dress for annual fun run

DRESSED UP HMS Sultan sailors in fancy dress for the Trafalgar Run
DRESSED UP HMS Sultan sailors in fancy dress for the Trafalgar Run

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SAILORS donned fancy dress to take part in a fundraising run.

More than 300 Armed Forces personnel took part in the annual Trafalgar Fun Run at HMS Sultan, Gosport.

Participants ran 5km along roads and across country, which totalled the distance from Gosport to Cape Trafalgar, where the famous battle was fought in October 1805.

The fun run raised money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Leading physical trainer Liam Saunders, who organised the run, said: ‘It’s really good to see so many people out ready to run, to see them in their fancy dress and to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar.

‘One or two of the costumes were inspired by Halloween with the physical training staff involved also having some fun.

‘The Traf’ run is a really good opportunity for all of our guys to come together, get involved, get some healthy exercise, have some fun and raise money for the RNRMC.’

The sailors also took on obstacles including an inflatable assault course and a gauntlet controlled by physical trainers.

This year’s event had a special meaning for the engineers representing both the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School, as well as the Defence School of Marine Engineering.

Theses sailors were competing for a special prize called the Engineer’s Trophy.

The trophy is contested throughout the year by the two schools in a variety of sports.

Going into the run, the marine engineers on 28 points were leading the air engineers on 25 points.

In the run the air engineers performed well with both the fastest man, Air Engineering Technician Thomas Merrien, who finished the course in 18:03, and fastest woman, Chief Petty Officer Mariesa Dryhurst, who finished in 20:21.

The air engineers tipped the scales claiming a 22-18 victory and with it the crucial five points for the win.

The result ensured that the Engineers’ Trophy will be decided by a winner-takes-all game of rugby.