A group of Air Cadets from Tonbridge completed the challenge of racing the course of a marathon whilst carrying a heavyweight log – a CCF tradition to fundraise for military charities.
Organised by the RAF Senior Air Cadets of Tonbridge School CCF (Combined Cadet Force), the ‘log-marathon challenge’ raised funds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
The cadets ran with five ash poles around the school’s athletics track, clocking a remarkable total of 26 miles, and completing the challenge in just over 60 minutes. So far, the team has raised more than £800.
Flt Lt Stefan Hargreaves, Commanding Officer of the RAF Section, said: "We're delighted that, so far, we’ve raised over £800 for this fantastic charity, and we're proud that the funds we've raised will support RAF servicemen and women, veterans, and their families.
"The RAF cadets made a great effort on the day, and it is inspiring to see such promise and commitment coming from the boys in support of charity."
Students who complete their time in the CCF can decide to join either the Royal Navy, the Army, or The Royal Air Force; learning the skills necessary to prepare for a future in the Armed Forces.
Heather Kemp, RAF Benevolent Fund Regional Fundraiser, said: "It's fantastic to see these young Air Cadets organising such a great challenge in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund. 2019 marks the RAF Benevolent Fund’s centenary and to mark this milestone we are launching a campaign to double the number of people we help.
"But we simply could not do the work we do, looking after the RAF Family, without the support of fantastic events like this."
Last year, the RAF Benevolent Fund has supported more than 50,000 people with a wide range of welfare needs, from relationship counselling, to the Airplay youth support scheme to care home top up fees for elderly RAF veterans.
To help raise funds for the Aid Cadet Log Marathon, go to their Just Giving page.