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Ex Tornado 'Nav' riding across Britain for charity

Former Tornado navigator, Kev Jones, has taken on the challenge of cycling over 970 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund and The Prince's Trust.

Kev, who served with IX(B), XV(r) and 31 Sqn's and is a long-standing member of IX(B)'s Sqn Association, takes on his epic feat this September as part of the Ride Across Britain event. 

Kevin Jones sitting in his bike

Cycling on average 107 miles-a-day and climbing over 41,300ft, the equivalent to climbing and descending Snowdon six times, Kev's route runs from the rugged coastline of Cornwall, over the rolling hills and valleys of the Peak District, right up through the mountains of the Scottish Highlands.

Based in Reading and currently a member of specialist ICT company, CGI, Kev has a strong affiliation with the RAF and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

"As no doubt we can all testify, life is but a series of chapters, shaped by circumstance and opportunity," Kev explains.

"Traversing from one to another can be challenging, painful and often traumatic, especially for service personnel - active, reservist or veteran - who must face and deal with life's challenging ride.

"I have experienced dizzying heights and sunk to unfathomable lows. Having navigated a few chapters of my own both in and out of uniform, it is my summation that it's how you deal with, adapt and respond to the ride that is key.

"I’d like to raise awareness of and help the RAF Benevolent Fund to light and guide the way for those in the RAF Family who are in need today."

With an admirable fundraising target of £10,000, Kev hopes that his efforts will see both the RAF Benevolent Fund and Prince's Trust benefit from his challenge.

"I really hope to raise as much as I possibly can for the two charities, so that they can continue their fight and provide for individuals, families and communities, long into the night."

You can follow Kev's training journey by visiting his Facebook page.

To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/sonic-boom.

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