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Overcoming my personal challenges to run and raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund

Last month Pauline Evans who works at RAF Lossiemouth took part in the Baxters Running Festival to raise money for our work. Pauline tells us more.

I'm a sub postmistress at RAF Lossiemouth and I'm also a member of the Team RAFBF Lossiemouth committee. I was inspired to take part in the Baxters River Ness 5k after watching fellow committee member Bobby Keeling run her Baxters 10k last September.

Pauline Evans and her son OliverI have been a member of Team RAFBF Lossiemouth for over a year which has involved planning and co-ordinating our attendance at local events. I also did a bucket collection at our local football club for RAF96 with my son, but the Baxters 5k was my first personal challenge for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Competing in a 5k race was a huge hurdle for me to overcome. I suffer from a lung disease called sarcoidosis and I also have rheumatoid arthritis in my knee and elbow.

Training was very difficult, but I was fully supported by fellow committee member and best mate, Craig Chrossan. I had to pretty much start from scratch, overcoming breathlessness and joint pain all the way through my training and during the run itself.

Unfortunately, Craig was unexpectedly deployed the day before the race, so my youngest son Oliver (aged eight) signed up to keep me company. I was really nervous at the start of the race but during it, I was thinking more about Oliver and how he was.

We were both buzzing at the end, it was such a fantastic atmosphere and the other members of Team RAFBF Lossiemouth who ran alongside us were brilliant. My aim was to finish with a smile and I did!

Sponsorship is still coming in; all of us in the team hope to raise at least £800 between us.

By Pauline Evans

You can still support the team by making a donation at their JustGiving page.

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