Leading Engineering Technician all at sea running London Marathon

Shortly after securing himself a spot in the London Marathon a sailor was deployed – but rather than give up his dream he opted to run his own marathon onboard!

Leading Engineering Technician Weapons Engineering (LET(WE)) Ian Winnall had put in all the training for the 2015 London Marathon, unfortunately he was called up to join the Phalanx crew onboard Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Fort Austin, currently deployed in the Gulf.

Not one to complain the Plymouth based sailor deferred his entry to next year and has now completed 211 laps around Fort Austin’s clearway covering the 26.2 mile track in an amazing 4 hours and 10 minutes despite the ship travelling through some hefty waves.

Thanks to donations from the ship’s company and sponsorship from home Ian raised £1,098.50 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

To complete the London Marathon is commendable, but to run a marathon on Fort Austin in the heat of the Gulf is very impressive.

Captain Stephen Norris RFA, Commanding Officer of Fort Austin

After his marathon effort, Ian said: “I was due to run the London Marathon for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research as my best friends’ son, my godson, was diagnosed with Leukaemia a year ago. 

"I was determined to run the distance and, having already raised approximately £350 on my Just Giving Page, I just had to do it. Fortunately, having previously served on RFA Fort Austin, I knew it was possible to run on the clearway of the ship. 

“I want to say a big thanks to the team who ran with me, pushing me on, the time keepers and lap counters, and finally those who donated and came along throughout the morning to provide support and cheer me on.”

One of this biggest supporter’s was Fort Austin’s Commanding Officer, Captain Stephen Norris.

He said: “To complete the London Marathon is commendable, but to run a marathon on Fort Austin in the heat of the Gulf is very impressive.

“Ian raised an additional £750 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research showing a real commitment and passion for his chosen charity matched by the support and generosity of the ship’s company.