A team of 14 sailors, soldiers, civil servants and partners from 1710 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), based in HM Naval Base Portsmouth, helped to raise funds for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) when they took part in the Morrisons Great South Run in Portsmouth on 25 October.

Organised by LAET John Dawson, the Squadron entered two teams of seven people into the business competition. After a lot of lunchtime and evening training sessions, for some more than others, the day itself turned out to be almost perfect conditions for running. The fast and flat course started and finished on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, and took the team through Old Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Cathedral, before entering the Historic Dockyard; running past some of our current ships, and some of the most famous historical ships in the world – including HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose museum.

The course is steeped in history with landmarks dating as far back as 1212 and featured charity cheering points, boost zones and bands on the run in order to encourage weary runners and joggers along the course.

Near miss milestones

All 1710 NAS participants put in very creditable performances with POAET Mike Sellars achieving a most impressive time of 1:10:18 that placed him 682 in a field of over 25,000 people. The Squadron also just missed a podium position in the team event, but the day was still hailed a great success by all runners.

A just giving page set up by WO2 Craig Thomas has raised almost £1,100 for the RNRMC thanks to the generous support of the team’s colleagues, families and friends.

When they are not raising funds for charity, the team from 1710 NAS delivers specialist engineering and scientific support to Fleet Air Arm and maritime platforms. In particular, it is responsible for helicopter structural repair, design and manufacture of modifications for military aircraft and provision of materials and structural advice for all military platforms including crash investigation.

Photo, left to right: Aaron Cusack, PO Mike Sellars, Lt Sandeep Longia, CPO Jed Groves, Sgt Dave Spilsbury, Becky Elliot, LAET John Dawson, Chris Brearley RNR, WO2 Craig Thomas, CPO Lloyd Boyce; kneeling:  CPO Perry, Nimali Amaratunga-Brearley, Lt Cdr Dan Weil; not pictured: PO Simon Whittell