Catterick Garrison mum completes Great North Run for children’s charity

A Catterick Garrison mum has raised £300 to help children of British Armed Forces personnel by running the Great North Run.

Tara Roulston, whose family was posted to Catterick just last week, raised the money for the Little Troopers charity.

The mother-of-three managed to complete the course in a personal best time of two hours and twenty minutes, despite moving house from the Midlands to Yorkshire a few days before the race.

After taking a seven-year break from running, Tara dusted off her trainers last year to start pounding the pavements for the military children’s charity.

Since then she has become a Little Troopers champion with the Great North Run being the latest in a series of fundraising events she has completed.

Earlier this year she arranged a virtual run in her community and also joined 26 other forces wives in completing the Yorkshire three peaks challenge.

Tara said: “Little Troopers is a charity close to my heart and I personally know lots of families who have been helped by the charity over the years.

“When I decided to get back into running and fitness, I set myself the goal of completing the Great North Run for Little Troopers and got involved in series of challenges throughout the year that would push me and help me train for the big day.

“I never anticipated that we would end up moving home just a few days before the race, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me completing a lifetime ambition and I knew I couldn’t let Little Troopers down.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have completed the race and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and donated.”

To find out more about Tara’s running journey you can follow her Facebook page here.

Little Troopers is a national charity supporting service children who have a parent or parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve.

These children often face unique challenges including frequent house and school moves, as well as regular periods of separation from their serving parent.

The charity provides a wide range of resources and initiatives that help nurture the special bond between serving parents and their families including separation packs, special events, an interactive story app and unique resources for schools to use. For more information visit