HMS Sultan’s Trafalgar Fun Run took place recently with sailors in fancy dress raising valuable funds for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

Over 300 personnel from across the Establishment each ran 5km along roads and across country, accumulating the distance from Gosport to Cape Trafalgar.

In addition, participants took on a number of obstacles which included an inflatable assault course and a Gauntlet controlled by Physical Trainers.

This year’s event had an added level of significance attached for the engineers who were from both of the Defence College of Technical Training’s Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival Equipment School and Defence School of Marine Engineering and were competing for The Engineers Trophy. 

The Engineer's Trophy

The Trophy, which is contested throughout the year, sees the two Schools compete across multiple sports, with the Trafalgar Run the penultimate event within the competition.

Going in to the Trafalgar run, the Air Engineers had accumulated a total of 25 points throughout the year, with the Marine Engineers on 28 points. With 5 points up for grabs at both the Run and the Air Engineers (AEs) vs Marine Engineers (MEs) Rugby still up for grabs, defeat for the Air Engineers within the Run would have given the MEs the Engineering Trophy.

With anticipation high, the AEs produced a really strong performance, claiming both the fastest male, Air Engineering Technician Thomas Merrien (18:03) and female on course, Chief Petty Officer Mariesa Dryhurst (20:21). More importantly within the top 40 competitors, whose scores would be balanced against each other, the AEs tipped the scales claiming a 22-18 victory and with it the crucial 5 points for the win. The result now ensures that the Engineers Trophy will be decided by in a winner-takes-all game of Rugby.

Chance for some fun

Leading Physical Trainer Liam Saunders who organised the Trafalgar 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.”

“With Halloween so close, one or two of the costumes have been 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 Engineering Trophy has really added some spice to this year’s event. After hearing today’s results the Rugby is sure to be very exciting.”