The ‘Run to Pegasus’ has been organised by the military charity Project 65 to raise money to support injured servicemen and women.
As part of the 65th anniversary commemorations, 200 people will take part in the 65 mile run that follows the route taken by the 52nd Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, from the Tarrant Rushton airfield to the Pegasus Bridge in Normandy. This is the scene of the famous coup-de-main operation, where this small party of British servicemen crash-landed into France in gliders to seize the Pegasus and Horsa bridges in the opening minutes of the June 6, D-Day landings.
James said: “My grandfather was in the Royal Ulster Rifles who were part of the 6th Air Landing Brigade that dropped into France later that Saturday in gliders. My grandfather was just 26 when he died on the Sunday, so I’m immensely honoured and proud to be one of the 200 chosen to run.”
The runners leave Tarrant Rushton at 2pm on Thursday, June 4 and follow a route through Ringwood, Lyndhurst, Southampton and finally Portsmouth, where the runners board the ferry to Normandy. After the six-hour crossing to France, the group will arrive near the Pegasus Bridge just after midnight at the exact time that Glider No1 crashed through the barbed wire defences 65 years ago.
Money raised will go towards a lasting memorial to the men of the coup-de-main operation and to help support today’s injured servicemen and women. If you would like to sponsor James please go to www.justgiving.com/jameslee65 . Ends
For further information please contact Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170.