Royal Marine Commando Unit to take on the Great North Run

Cameron Smith, first came into contact with St Oswald’s Hospice when his dad, Jim, opted to stay for end of life care back in October 2022.

“As a family, we were all really grateful that Dad was able to come to St Oswald’s,” reflected Cameron. “The care he received was exceptional. Despite it being a short stay, Dad was able to rest and relax in such a lovely environment. It was among the happiest and most content we’d seen him in a long time”

And it’s because of this connection that Cameron has decided to fundraise for St Oswald’s Hospice, to give something back and to do something in memory of his lovely Dad.

“Dad has a leaf on the Tribute Tree in the Cloisters Garden,” said Cameron. “Unfortunately he wasn’t able to get outside when he was at the Hospice but his room looked out onto the beautiful garden spaces. It’s good to have a little something here to remember him by but I wanted to do something more.”

Currently on active service with the Royal Marines, Cameron holds the rank of Captain and has enlisted the support of his fellow Marines for this year’s Great North Run.

Not one to do things by halves, the 12-strong group from RM Condor 45 Commando will be lacing up their boots when they take their place at the start line of one of the world’s most famous half-marathon events.

Cameron explained, “We’re doing it in true Marine style; we’ll be wearing our full kit which weighs around 32lbs rather than the usual running attire, and that includes our boots instead of running shoes”

Cameron continued, “To add to the challenge, we’ll be speed-marching the distance and our Regimental Sargent Major (RSM) will be taking up his place with the group, too.”

Led by their RSM, the unit will speed-march in formation, aiming to complete the 13.1 mile distance at a pace of 10 minutes per mile.

We can’t wait to welcome the unit at the finish line, to celebrate their fantastic achievement.

We wish Cameron and the Royal Marine Commando Unit, and all of our Great North Runners, all the very best as they take on this year’s half-marathon.

Thank you for helping to keep our doors open for all who need us across the North East.

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