Catterick Garrison soldier completes third marathon for charity dressed as princess

A Catterick Garrison soldier has completed his third marathons and already raised almost £4,000 for three different charities.

Mike Ransley, 38, a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant at the Infantry Training Centre, completed the first marathon in normal running gear.

The father-of-four then took on his second marathon which he completed in military uniform with 20kg of equipment.

He then ran a third at the weekend dressed in fancy dress — as a princess!

Wife Virginia said: “He did an extra five miles afterwards — one for each charity, one for queen and country and one for family and friends.

“It was very warm and he ended up getting sunburnt shoulders!”

Mike has chosen three different charities to benefit from his running —NHS Charities Together, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Benevolent Fund.

The soldier said he had decided to undertake the challenge “in recognition of the current and uncertain times we all face and to recognise the incredible work being done by our NHS and other key workers”.

To sponsor Mike, visit:

The fundraising appeal will close on Sunday. [kofi]