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Royal Marines prepare for memorial marathon

Royal Marines prepare for memorial marathon
10 March 2021
Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group will take part in a charity relay event in memory of Major Chris Moses this Friday.

The run will start at 6:00am morning with six marines, split into three pairs, each running two 13-mile legs within a 24-hour period. Each pair will start off at 43 Commando headquarters inside Clyde Naval Base and finish at the summit of Beinn a’ Mhanaich (above the Garelochhead Training Area) and back again.

43 Commando marines have long been considering a fitting memorial for Chris, a former marine who sadly died in January 2020. It was two of the Royal Marines who are completing the challenge, Major Kane Holford and Warrant Officer 2 Richard Hayden, that came up with the idea of mounting a memorial plaque on the mountain overlooking Faslane with a charity run to commemorate Chris’ life.

The idea snowballed and became a team event with all money raised being split between the Royal Marines Charity and Erskine Hospital.

Major Chris Moses spent most of his time helping others; I have no doubt that he would have been doing this challenge if it was in someone else’s name because that is the type of guy he was, selfless.

WO 2 Hayden

“We chose the Royal Marines Charity and Erskine Hospital because Chris loved the Royal Marines and supported the Corps as much as possible throughout his career.” explained WO 2 Hayden.

“He also made regular donations to the Erskine Hospital and would have continued doing so for the rest of his life.”

“Major Chris Moses spent most of his time helping others; I have no doubt that he would have been doing this challenge if it was in someone else’s name because that is the type of guy he was, selfless.”

Chris, who joined the Royal Marines in 2005 and spent much of his career in Scotland was a respected and very well-liked member of 43 Commando. As well as working as both the Training Officer and Operations Officer at the unit, he also spent time at 45 Commando in Arbroath and at Rosyth, where he assisted the commissioning of the aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

During his time at Faslane, Chris was known to provide maths lessons to the wider Clyde Navy community, something he took with him when he left the Corps, becoming a maths teacher at the Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria. 

He was also a keen cross-country runner and was heavily involved with Helensburgh Athletics Club.  In his spare time, he had set up a tree surgery business. He persistently strived to be the very best person and leader he could be for his family, friends and community.

Major Kane Holford, who helped organise and is also running in the event said: “The purpose of the challenge is to fundraise and celebrate the life and memory of Major Chris Moses who sadly died in January 2020.

“We decided the most fitting way to commemorate Chris’ vivacious life was to run a marathon-distance event up a local mountain– very much in the spirit of his approach to physical challenges. In so doing, we aim to raise as much money for two military-focused charities: The Royal Marines Charity and Erskine Hospital.”

As part of the event, an oak plaque bearing Chris’ name has been embedded upon the cairn of Beinn a' Mhanaich in his memory.

Major Holford continued: “It is hoped that leaving such a legacy in a poignant place will prompt hillwalkers and local runners to make the ascent to the cairn to pay their respects.

“Finally, and most importantly, we would like thank Chris’ wife Joanne, his family friend Kevin Johnson and the Helensburgh Amateur Athletics Club who have supported our efforts.”

If anyone wishes to contribute to either the Royal Marines Charity or Erskine Hospital you can do so at the following link:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/Chris-Moses-Mountain-Run

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