Navy

HMS Queen Elizabeth Holds First Parkrun On Flight Deck

The run involved 11 laps around the aircraft carrier's 4.5-acre flight deck in windy conditions.

The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has hosted her first-ever parkrun with 143 sailors taking part.

The run took place over the weekend in the middle of the North Sea, with personnel running 5 kilometres on the ship's 4.5- acre flight deck.

HMS Queen Elizabeth has been at sea for weeks having completed Operational Sea Training.

The run also saw a break in exercises with F-35B fighter jets

Event organiser and Officer-under-training, Midshipman Katie Synge-Curtis, had to gain permission from the running event’s chief operating officer to hold one on board: “After 10 weeks at sea I thought introducing some friendly competition and fresh air would help people along before we begin the final stretch home.

“Hopefully it will inspire some of them to attend their local parkrun when we get home and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.”

Personnel faced windy conditions as they ran 11 laps of the aircraft carrier's flight deck (Picture: Royal Navy).

The run involved 11 laps around the deck, with the fastest time being 17 minutes 50 seconds, achieved by Officer Cadet Woody.

After winning the race, he said: “It was a bit blustery on the flight deck. It turned out to be much more competitive than I had expected.”

It’s not the first running event that the ship’s crew has taken part in.

Last month, two sailors completed the first-ever marathon on board the aircraft carrier, both running the distance in under five hours.

The ship and her 1,100-strong company are due to return to her homeport of Portsmouth at the beginning of July.

Cover image: Royal Navy.