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Published: 21 Oct 2013

Royal Navy sailors from HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH complete charity run over Scottish landmarks commemorating centenary launch of historic namesake. 

Members of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH endured a marathon test of fitness, stamina and endurance when they successfully completed a 40 mile run over the Forth & Kincardine Road Bridge’son Wednesday the 16th October 2013. The current ships company organised the charity event in order to celebrate the centenary launch of the first HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, which took place in Portsmouth 100 years ago on 13 October 1913. She was laid down 21 October 1912 and commissioned in January 1915.

The challenge was to complete a 40 mile run, encompassing the crossing of both historic bridges spanning the Firth of Forth. 

Seven runners completed the mammoth event. In doing so, the sailors also raised much needed charity funds on behalf of the Royal Navy & Royal Marine Charity. 

The event was organised by ships Training & Development Officer, (Lt Cdr Harvie Montgomery) and the (Execut ive Warrant Officer), (Dave Smith). The runners were waved off at the start line by Ships Senior Naval Officer (Capt Simon Petitt). 

Capt Simon Petit Said: “The event was held to ensure that, as the current Ships Company we look forward to the Future Royal Navy Carrier and the capability it will bring to the Service, but also take time to remember the proud history of her predecessor and the important role she played during the First & Second World Wars.” 


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