A runner inspired by the loss of colleagues during his RAF career will run the Cambridge Half Marathon next month in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Forty-seven-year-old Jez Poulter, a former Tornado navigator, will complete the challenge in memory of personnel who were killed while on active service.
A seasoned runner, he raised £4,000 for a children's charity last year and is hoping to top that total. His current employer Microsoft has pledged to match whatever he raises up to £5,000.
The Saffron Walden local said: "Having witnessed the devastation the loss of a loved one can cause, I wanted to support a charity I know are there whenever times are tough. I'm lucky, I haven’t needed the support of the RAF Benevolent Fund, but I know they are a great support to thousands of personnel, current and retired, every year."
Jez, who served in the RAF for 20 years, will join thousands of runners on 3 March as they line up on the start line of the Cambridge Half Marathon.
RAF Benevolent Fund regional fundraiser Lisa Hunt said: "I'm always touched by the different inspiring stories we hear about why our supporters are so determined to raise funds for our charity.
"This year is a special year for the RAF Benevolent Fund as we celebrate 100 years of support for the RAF Family. We simply could not do the work we do without the support of fundraisers like Jez. That will be even more important in the years to come as we aim to double the number of people we can help."
Jez added: "When I reach the 11-mile point, it will be the memories of the best flying days with my RAF colleagues no longer with us and thoughts of their families which will carry me through to the finish line."
To support Jez go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jeremy-poulter.