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Team's 102-mile charity challenge

Members of the Cotswold Way running teamA team made up of RAF personnel and soldiers recently completed a 102-mile run to raise money for our work and ABF The Soldiers' Charity. Warrant Officer Phil Marland, who took part, tells us more.

The plan was to have team members run the complete 102 miles over four consecutive days. 

Our fundraising target was £10,000 and in the run up to the challenge we organised a range of fundraising activities to help us get closer to our target. They included families' days, bike rides and cash washing to name a few.  

A trial run was organised on 15 August to allow as many of the runners as possible to run around 20 miles of the route.

A few weeks later we were ready for the main event. The first day began with us leaving RAF Brize Norton at 5.30am to start running from Bath City centre at 7am. The distance for the day was 30 miles.

From Bath, we made our way by 'climbing' up towards the M4 through some very picturesque villages and landscapes; every view was a panorama of colour, contrast, peacefulness and tranquillity. The admin team supporting us played a blinder; everything was set up at each check point – teas, coffees, electrolyte fluid. They even managed to sell some ABF and RAF Benevolent Fund merchandise along the way.

The days that followed were a little easier and by day four, although there were aches and pains, we all felt a feeling of triumph.

Thank you to everyone involved for the amount of effort, time and commitment given to raise awareness of the two charities and subsequently raise a phenomenal amount of money.

By Phil Marland

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