On Tuesday 20 September, more than 240 runners took part in the unique 1.8 mile Basin Run in HMS Nelson in a bid to fundraise for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and maybe set a new Personal Best in the process.

After a brief warm-up, inspired and led by Royal Navy Personal Training Instructors, the runners made their way to the start-line for an 11.45am start with spectators standing in the wings.

An air horn marked the start of the race and soon, a swarm of Royal Navy personnel, Contractors and Civilians crossed the start line. Some runners were sporting some great fancy-dress costumes, including Tooth Fairies, Where’s Wally, a Vicar, and even a rogue Pokemon being chased by a hoard of Pokeballs.

The course spanned the outskirts of the HMS Nelson Dockyard with an incredible backdrop of working Navy Ships, including HMS Dragon, as they made their way along Fountain Road and towards the finish.


This year’s trophy winners included Ashley Scott as the Fastest Male to finish (9 minutes 54 seconds), Jo Meek as the Fastest Female to finish (10 minutes 25 seconds) and the Fleet Diving Squadron as the Fastest Team to finish (11 minutes 40 seconds). The award for the Best Dressed team went to the Serco Team who were sporting a fleet of homemade ships.

Captain of the Base and RNRMC Trustee Colonel Mike Tanner RM presented the awards and thanked everyone for “taking the time out of their days” to support the RNRMC cause and praised the ‘Team Portsmouth effort”.

Raising Money for RNRMC

The Basin Run is organised each year to help raise funds and awareness for the RNRMC but also to provide serious, and ‘not so’ serious, runners the opportunity to show their support for the charity, take in the scenic views from within HMNB Portsmouth and potentially win a sporting award in the process.

All at the RNRMC would like to thank everyone who took part in the run, as with every year it exceeded expectations and raised over £600 to help us help sailors, marines and their families. We hope there aren’t too many achy legs following the run!