A team of four RAF officers have won a £2,500 donation for the RAF Benevolent Fund after securing the number one qualifying position for the high octane Scottish endurance race, The Drambuie Pursuit.
Team ultRAFast, which includes Squadron Leader Alan Rutledge; Flight Lieutenants Tom Kinsley and Simon Ramsden; and Flying Officer Chris Carrington-Smith, won over a quarter of the votes for their pledge to support the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Taking place on 13-15 May 2011, the Drambuie Pursuit covers 100 miles of the Scottish Highland’s rugged terrain and includes activities such as rock climbing, white water rafting, downhill mountain biking, kayaking and buggy racing.
UltRAFast will now compete head to head against nine other international teams including an American celebrity team lead by American football star Jeremy Shockey.
UltRAFast team member, Flight Lieutenant Tom Kinsley had this to say: "All of us share a mutual passion for the great outdoors and adrenalin fuelled adventures. Thanks to Drambuie, we will be able do what we love best, in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. The fact that we are doing it for such a worthy cause makes it all the more special.
"As serving members of the Royal Air Force we all are affected by operations in Afghanistan, either personally or through friends and work colleagues.
"The RAF Benevolent Fund provides an essential support for all members of the RAF, past and present. The help and advice it offers whether financial, personal or dealing with injuries and bereavement cannot be overstated."