Team to run half marathon in commemoration

August 31 2018

A FAMILY will tackle the Bristol half marathon in period costume to commemorate the sacrifice of medics and nurses during the First World War.

The team, who all have connections with either the services and/or the health service, will carry stretchers and medical equipment from the era.

Heading up the runners is George Harrill, from Longwell Green, a serving officer in the British Army, who will be joined by wife Dawn, a former army nurse, and daughter Becci, a teacher and an RAF cadet adult instructor.

Last, but not least, will be close family friend Carol Gill, who works for the NHS and lives in Westbury.

The team will run in support of the Royal British Legion's  WW1 Poppy Centenary Appeal. As well as honouring those who cared for others during the war, the team's efforts will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

They will remember members of their own families who had served in the forces. These include George's great grandfather, private Claude Taylor, a  stretcher bearer at Gallipoli, the Somme and Ypres who was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry.

Also on their minds will be Dawn's father, retired warrant officer Bob Riglar, who died  in February this year.