SAS Who Dares Wins DS Chris Oliver to Start AJ Bell Great South Run

This year’s AJ Bell Great South Run will officially get underway with the help of former Royal Marines Commando Chris Oliver.

Currently starring in the hit Channel 4 Show Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins as part of the formidable DS team, Chris, who now lives in Poole, is also taking part in the event to raise awareness for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity, a cause close to his heart.

Chris joined the Royal Marine Commandos aged just 16, he went on to serve as a Mountain Leader and in the Elite Special Boat Service before leaving the military in 2015.

Chris says, “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to be the official starter of the AJ Bell Great South Run. I’ve run all my life and it is really inspiring to see people of all ages and abilities commit to training and give it their all on the day, especially as many are running to raise money for charity.

“I’m raising awareness for RMA – The Royal Marines Charity as they do really important work. They provide support, advice and friendship to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families.”

Chris is promoting the charity’s Mission Critical – Virtual 3 Peaks Challenge, “They’re asking fundraisers to complete the equivalent 3 Peaks distance of 453 miles by 21 December, how you tackle the challenge, run, cycle, walk, swim, individually or as part of a team, is up to you.

“The AJ Bell Great South Run covers 10 miles so that’s a good start!”

Chris will be joined in his official starting duties by Cllr Tom Coles, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

The AJ Bell Great South Run is probably the world’s favourite 10-miler, with inspiring history, salty air and glorious sea views guaranteed. Portsmouth’s supporters will keep your spirits and motivation up the whole way round, with blaring music, cheers, high fives, fist bumps all part of the incredible AJ Bell Great South Run experience. Plus, there’s a medal, exclusive finisher t-shirt and bragging rights at the finish line.

Entries close on Friday 13 October at 10am, to secure your place or find out more, visit the event page here.