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8 Squadron Lincoln 10K Result

July 2014

30 runners from No. 8 Squadron based at RAF Waddington have completed the City of Lincoln 10km road race with the aim of raising 1000 for 3 charities which have helped personnel from the unit.

The 30 runners from 8 Squadron were part of the five thousand runners who took part in the 2013 Active Nation City of Lincoln 10km road race held on Sunday 7th April.  Officer Commanding 8 Squadron, Wing Commander Jim Beldon challenged his Squadron members to raise money for The British Red Cross, The RAF Association and the Keep the Beat Foundation because each of the charities had supported Squadron members in the past 12 months.

Wearing their Squadron's colours the runners stood out from the crowd in their distinctive yellow t-shirts, blue shorts and red socks (representing sand, sky and blood - a reference to the Squadron's gallant history).  Buoyed by the shouts of support from the huge crowds, several runners from the Squadron managed to run personal bests with Lieutenant Justin Dargan (US Navy) heading the field with a finishing time of just over 39 minutes.

Even an operational deployment couldn't break the team spirit with some Squadron members running a 10km race under the Mediterranean sun to make up for not being in Lincoln for the event.

Wing Commander Beldon said: 'We were delighted with the positive encouragement we received during the race, and we were just very happy to say a visible thank you to the charities and people of Lincolnshire who support all we do at RAF Waddington.'

He added: 'Two of our Squadron members had suffered devastating house fires around Christmas 2012, and the British Red Cross and the Royal Air Forces Association were simply superb in helping them and their families cope with the aftermath, and Keep the Beat was vital in ensuring that one of our colleague's young child received life-saving heart treatment.'

Anyone wishing to donate can do so through the following website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/8Sqn or by contacting the Squadron directly on 01522 726707.

The Charities and our reasons for supporting them:

The British Red Cross - www.redcross.org.uk/

Following a house fire the British Red Cross provided immediate assistance to one of 8 Squadron's members. The following is taken from their website:

'Besides offering immediate safe shelter - along with clothing, food and shower facilities - the Red Cross also helps with practical necessities such as securing temporary accommodation and contacting insurance companies.  Crucially, our volunteers are trained to provide emotional support, which can make a huge difference at such a distressing time.  We work closely with local fire services across the UK and will arrive at the scene of the incident within 90 minutes of call-out.'

Royal Air Force Association - www.rafa.org.uk/

Following a separate house fire the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) provided support another Squadron member.  This is a small part of the work the RAFA, more of which can be found on their website.

KEEP THE BEAT - www.keepthebeat.co.uk/

This charity supports the Congenital Heart Unit at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital and 8 Sqn decided to support the cause at the request of one of our members whose young child underwent heart surgery at the unit.