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Even oceans apart this couple have stayed together

A love of motorbikes blossomed into love for each other for this RAF couple. All this week the RAF Benevolent Fund is celebrating love in the RAF Family. In this guest blog, Greg Coles, an RAF Engineering Officer and Co-Chair of the RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network, tells us how he met the love of his life…

Steve and I first met through a mutual friend whilst I was going through Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell in 2008/9. Steve lived in Grimsby at the time and shared my passion for motorbikes.

Being away from my roots in Yorkshire, my initial drive had been to make friends with fellow bikers so that I could explore the roads of Lincolnshire on the motorbike; however, from the very first ride out there was something between us.

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We started chatting by phone, messaging, going out on the motorbikes and visiting each other and quickly became an item in early 2009.

Despite many of my job roles being based away from home in the UK, including two overseas tours in Afghanistan, and Steve taking a year to circumnavigate the globe in the 2011/12 Clipper Round the World Yacht race, we have stayed strong.

Steve, who works as a paramedic for the East Midlands Ambulance Service, and I now live in Lincolnshire having purchased a house together four years ago and are heavily involved with the local community. We both still enjoy motorcycling together though work and family often intrudes nowadays.

We also enjoy spending time out in the local countryside walking with our two rescue dogs, Philip and Nora. I am also currently training them both in Canicross; this will hopefully help me train for the Woodall Spa 10k where I will be raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund later this year.

By Greg Coles

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