26th Jun, 2019

Runners on a D-Day mission from Redditch to Pegasus Bridge

Harry Leach 3rd Jun, 2019

A DETERMINED group of Redditch runners will travel from Dorset to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

On Tuesday, June 4, Darren Evans and his brother Spike will start their epic 75-mile run, along with friends Tom Symonds, Nigel Taylor and Mark Barton.

The group will be raising money for the Veteran Charity, which provides support for veterans who are facing hardship.

They will set off from Tarrant Rushton Airfield before making their way down to New Forest and finally Portsmouth.

From there they will cross the ocean by ferry to France, finishing once they hit Pegasus Bridge.

Darren said: “We will cover 75 miles in under 24 hours. 62 of those will be in England.”

“This is to mimic the route taken by Airborne Division glider pilots who carried out their first mission and enabled

troops to capture two vital bridges during the battle.

“Those bridges secured the route from the Normandy Beaches.”

Spike did the same ‘Run to Peagasus’ ten years ago for the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

He said: “We were a lot fitter back then but we’re still looking forward to the challenge.”

So far the group have managed to raise £3,000 for the Veteran Charity.

You can help them reach their goal of £4,000 by donating here

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