Ilford runner set for charity run

ILFORD AC competitor Micky Sutton is to take part in a 65-mile running challenge in aid of a new military charity - Project 65. He will be taking part to promote the charity, which commemorates the famous Coup de Main operation, where a small party of Bri

ILFORD AC competitor Micky Sutton is to take part in a 65-mile running challenge in aid of a new military charity - Project 65.

He will be taking part to promote the charity, which commemorates the famous Coup de Main operation, where a small party of British servicemen crash-landed into France in order to seize the famous Pegasus and Horsa bridges in Normandy at the start of D-Day.

Representing the 200 soldiers in the operation, 200 runners will set off on June 4 from Tarrant Rushton airfield, Dorset, where the operation was launched, and head towards Portsmouth.

The runners will catch the ferry to Ouistreham, Normandy, before running to the bridges, making up the 65 miles.

More information can be found at www.project65.net.

"I'm running to honour the men who took part, and feel that it is a privilege to do so," said Sutton.

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Project 65 aims to raise �500,000, part of which will be used to erect a lasting memorial to the men of the Coup de Main force and those directly associated with that operation 65 years ago. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/mickysutton