RAF personnel stationed in Italy for Operation ELLAMY have different ways of spending their limited stand-down hours. Some will catch up on sleep, read a book or play games.
But Corporals Chris Morgan and Rosario Markie decided to run 26.2 miles carrying 26.2kg of weight in a Bergen to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
The two corporals took on the gruelling challenge on 4 July 11 in an event they nicknamed 'the Gioia Del Colle Bergathon'. They are both deployed with the UK mission to enforce the UN resolution which aims to protect Libyan civilians from the Gaddafi regime.
The two corporals originally met at RAF Halton. Chris Morgan was an instructor putting new RAF recruits through their paces during basic training.
When he realised that Rosario Markie, one of his former recruits, was also based at Gioia Del Colle, he knew he had to get him involved in the challenge as well.
After crossing the finish line this is what Chris had to say:
“I would like to say I feel strong, but my legs hurt, my feet hurt, my back hurts but my heart is strong. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved and the amount we’ve raised for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
“I am hoping that this event will help support the valuable work that the RAFBF do for personnel and their families. The arduous nature of the challenge has similarities to those we and our Service colleagues face on operations and I hope to be able to display some of those core qualities required by today’s airmen and women on operations and back in the UK.
“If I hit our target of £1,000 by the 20 July 2011 – every stand-by day I have until I leave here, I will run the route again to see if I can raise more money for RAFBF”.
It’s such an inspiration that RAF personnel deployed overseas can find the time to fundraise for the RAF Benevolent Fund!
Please show your support for the two corporals by sponsoring them on their JustGiving page.