For Corporal Jon Ward, a Logistics Mover based at RAF Lossiemouth, 1 April will not only be a celebration of the RAF centenary but also the end of a huge challenge. In this guest blog, Jon tells us how he's feeling about joining the exclusive 100 Marathon Club!
It's hard to believe that I'm nearly at the end of my challenge. This month I will be running my 99th marathon in the scenic Scottish borders, followed by my final race on 1 April in Gravesend. Just two left before I join the 100 Marathon Club!
I got my official 100 marathon vest delivered the other day which is pretty exciting, it's all starting to feel quite real now that the end is in sight and I can't wait to wear it with pride.
It's been an amazing journey that's exceeded all of my expectations. When I started this challenge back in May 2016 I didn't think I would achieve a sub three hour pace at any point. So when I ran a 2:59 back in December I was ecstatic. It was definitely a highlight for me.
And in all honesty, I can't say I've really had any lows. No matter what I have put my body through I have still loved every minute of this crazy challenge!
Now it's all coming to an end, I already have my sights on what's next for me and have been busy planning 2018. So far I have signed up for both the Paris and London marathons and the Great Britain ultra marathon to name a few.
It's been a pleasure raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund in the process. Being a serving member of the Royal Air Force I see first hand how they support the RAF Family. And who knows, you may even catch me running as Ben Elephant in the not too distant future so stay tuned for that!