A touch of Welsh pride was brought to London this week as Islwyn MP Chris Evans joined with the Motivational Preparation and Training College (MPCT) to launch their fundraising campaign for the annual St. David’s Day Run, which will take place on Sunday 4th March in Cardiff’s Bute Park.
The event – which was attended by the Shadow Defence Secretary, Nia Griffith, and also featured a speech by Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State for Wales – gave students and staff from MPCT the opportunity to share their experiences of studying at a military preparation college.
Mr Evans – who was the Parliamentary sponsor of the event – also spoke to attendees, highlighting the important role that MPCT have played in the UK’s education and defence sectors. Since its establishment in 1999, the MPCT have trained and facilitated the recruitment of over 2,700 armed forces personnel from its 21 colleges across England and Wales.
With seven colleges located across Wales, since 2003 the students of MPCT have organised an annual St. David’s Day Run – this year in aid of the Royal British Legion and the Motivation and Learning Trust. With options of 1k, 5k and 10k, there is a race for everyone regardless of age or fitness level, and has seen the crowds grow year on year in support. In 2017, over 4,500 runners took part.
Speaking at the event, Mr Evans said: ‘I’ve been a keen marathon runner for years, and when the St. David’s Day Run and the MPCT were brought to my attention I felt that they deserved a bigger platform to speak on, which is why I was thrilled to welcome them to Parliament.
‘It is inspiring to hear the stories of the young students who have enrolled on the programme, and also to hear of the success stories of alumni. The positive impacts that the MPCT have had on the lives of young people and also our armed forces is something to be commended.
‘I am looking forward to the St. David’s Day Run, and am confident that lots of money will be raised for the Royal British Legion and Motivation and Learning Trust. I encourage everybody in Islwyn to participate on Sunday 4th March, whether they take part in the actual run or show their support from the sidelines.’