It's been a gruelling training schedule for our Ben Elephant, but this weekend, he finally ran and successfully completed the London Marathon.
In front of a cheering crowd and with thousands of other runners, Ben Elephant, completed the 26.2 mile route in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund in just over five and half hours.
"The RAF Benevolent Fund is the 'Heart of the RAF family', supporting those who need their help," Ben Elephant explained when asked why he took up a challenge of such enormity. "This is the first time I have taken on a challenge like this. It was very exciting to get out there and join in with such a big event."
There were laughter and tears along the route, which started in Greenwich and saw competitors finish on The Mall.
The official mascot of the Fund, although sore from his mammoth run, was in high spirits: "This was a great way for me to raise the profile of the Fund,” he trumpeted. “Hopefully I raise as much money for them as I can."
"The crowd and support really helped me get round the course. All the hard training really paid off and I’m thrilled with my time. Conditions on the day were better than expected giving me a cooler start. It did warm up later on but I manage to keep hydrated and finish the race. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few months and who has given so generously to a fantastic cause. It really made the whole thing possible.”
Ben Elephant took his fundraising seriously, with help from those at RAF Marham, undertaking gate collections until the very last minute on Friday. With the support of the station, Ben hopes to raise £4000, and is well on his way to reaching his goal.