Leading Aircraftman Callum Jones, 22, has set himself a big challenge to raise money for our work. Earlier this year he signed up to take part in three running events and with one event already completed, Callum is back in training for the next two. In this guest blog, Callum tells us more.
I joined the RAF in August 2013 and was stationed at RAF Halton. After graduating from RAF Halton I attended No. 1 School of Technical Training at RAF Cosford.
My journey of becoming an AMM (aircraft maintenance mechanic) had begun and as RAF Cosford is also the home of the School of Physical Training, I had the opportunity to improve my personal fitness.
Heading into a new year (2014), I felt like I needed some new goals so I signed up to take part in three events: Rhondda 10 Mile Fun Run, Men's Health Survival ff the Fittest and the Cardiff Half Marathon.
I was really keen to raise money from my '3 events' challenge and after arriving at 33 (Engineering) Squadron at RAF Brize Norton as an LAC, I was inspired to raise money for two charities that are close to my heart – the RAF Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes.The squadron got behind me and helped me get the ball rolling as I began my fundraising.
I set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving and within two weeks I saw my sponsorship rocket to £400.
The support from friends, family and both charities has been phenomenal and all have been so great in helping me with my training, with kit, merchandise and fundraising materials. A special thanks to my dad and Ford Bridgend Engine Plant. My dad took some merchandise to work and the guys there were so supportive and giving.
After taking part in my first event on Sunday 6 July and finishing 18th out of 360 entrants I was overjoyed. Finishing 10 miles in 1:08.57 is apparently a very good time for a beginner so I'm hoping I'll be able to improve on this time for the other events I'll be doing. If you would like to support me in my fundraising effort, please sponsor me at my Virgin Money Giving page.
By Callum Jones