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RAF team take on Drambuie Challenge 2011

Four serving officers in the RAF have completed an adrenaline-filled race across the north of Scotland, raising over £2500 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Team Ultrafast

The Drambuie Pursuit took place on the 13 -15 May 2011 and consisted of nine stages of challenges including archery, buggy racing, white water rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, hill running and mountain biking, non-stop, from dawn until dusk.

Team members visited RAF Benson on 1 July to present the £2500 cheque to the RAF Benevolent Fund regional team.

Team ultRAFast included Flying Officer Chris Carrington-Smith, Squadron Leader Alan Rutledge, Flight Lieutenant Simon Ramsden and Flight Lieutenant Tom Kinsley.

All the team members are spread across the UK but share common ground on their passion for the outdoors and adventurous activities as well as their strong support for the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Alan Rutledge said:

“The Drambuie Pursuit presents as much of a physical challenge as it does an opportunity to compete for a large prize fund, which we’re really happy to donate to the RAFBF - a charity which has impressed all of us since we joined up.

“It was a fantastic event, thoroughly enjoyed by all and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to compete in again.  Meeting up at RAF Benson for the cheque presentation was a great conclusion to our ‘epic’ race in the Scottish Highlands.”

Rosie Gibbons, regional fundraiser for the RAF Benevolent Fund said:

“This has been an extraordinary achievement by the lads from team ultRAFast and we are so grateful to have been selected as the charity to benefit. Without this kind of fantastic support we simply couldn’t do the work we do, supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families whenever they need us. Thanks so much to all who were involved.”

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