A Royal Naval sailor has taken on a demanding physical challenge of running the equivalent of 12 marathons in 12 days along the Cornish Coast for charity.

Warrant Officer Tim Hamlyn, who serves on board HMS Argyll based at HM Naval Base, Devonport, has set himself an enormous challenge in tackling 310 miles of hilly terrain in aid of The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The keen runner said: “This has been my long-held ambition as a keen amateur runner. I have never run a marathon race, but I have done many half marathons and run big cumulative distances in training and I’m very confident it will be a rewarding experience.  I love running off road and the coastal path will be beautiful. I’m just hoping for good weather as that will make a huge difference to my progress.’’

As the Executive Warrant Officer on HMS Argyll, the welfare of the crew is his key concern: “because of my job and the work the RN/RM charity does in supporting personnel and their families in need, it was obvious to combine my own challenge giving the charity and beneficiaries a boost.’’

Experience is key

Tim has taken advice from experienced long-distance runners on all aspects of the run, including nutrition as he estimates burning 4,500 calories a day.

HMS Argyll has been very supportive, allowing him time to train, while his family, wife Catherine and daughters Charlotte, 16 and Amelia, 17, are proud of his determination.  “I’m lucky to have the full backing of my colleague in the Navy and my family, which is very loyal of them and I will need this in the future when I’m out on the coast digging deep.’’

Charity spokesman Rebecca Saunders said: “We are incredibly grateful that Tim has turned this into a chance opportunity to raise all-important funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  As a charity our focus for giving is on veterans as much as those who serve today. We support those in care homes who wore a uniform long ago and we support the children of those who have or are wearing a uniform today. 

“Our supporters, like Tim, are incredibly important to us as they enable us to support projects and facilities that boost morale, increase wellbeing as well as make grants to military charities which care for families and veterans of the Naval Service. Tim and HMS Argyll have continued to be dedicated in their support to their charity. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and fair winds for Tim during his 12-day challenge.’’

The run begins on Monday 21 September and ends with a section from Looe in SE Cornwall finishing with a crossing on the Cremyll Ferry to Plymouth.

Anyone wanting to support Tim Hamlyn’s Cornish Coastal Challenge can make donations at the following web site link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TimothyHamlyn