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Hairy Haggis runners ramp up the support

Last month the Hairy Haggis Team Relay took place, as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, with the RAF Benevolent Fund enjoying support from 14 teams.

Joanna Martin's Hairy Haggis Relay Team

The event, which attracts thousands of runners each year, was an opportunity for a team of four runners to take part, with each runner taking on a quarter of the 26.2 mile race – 6.55 miles each.

One of the teams featured Invictus Games medallist Joanna Martin, who completed the last leg of her team challenge in her wheelchair.

Former RAF nurse Joanna, from Helensburgh, sustained a spinal injury on an assault course during a training exercise with 612 Sqn in 2005.

Last year Joanna triumphed at the Invictus Games in Florida, when she scooped five medals across three disciplines in the heat of Orlando. She won bronze in the handbike time trial, silver and bronze in rowing, and two further bronzes in discus.

Of the 14 teams, additional support for the Fund came from 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, 612 Squadron, 502 (Ulster) Sqn RAuxAF and 870 Dreghorn Cadets.

A team of RAF Lossiemouth personnel also ran for the Fund, the RAF's leading welfare charity, alongside a team of RAF female personnel from Kinloss Barracks.

The RAF Benevolent Fund secured support for their teams from Porsche, and Lamborghini Edinburgh, who provided trophies and prizes for the Best Fundraising Team, won by 502 (Ulster) Sqn RAuxAF, and the Fastest Team.

Heroes Vodka, a long time supporter of the Fund and military charities, also donated a prize for the team with the Best Effort.

Regional Fundraiser for the RAF Benevolent Fund, Zee Fletcher said: "It was a phenomenal event, everyone was excited! The Fund have had so much love and support from everyone running for us, and I can't believe the generosity of the sponsors as well – how amazing!

"With the Cadets, Reserves and Serving RAF all taking part, we really hope that we can make a massive impact with our awareness and fundraising, and help even more deserving beneficiaries."

The people who took part for the Fund have helped to raise a staggering £7,000.

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