Author and photographer Jonny Cracknell visited the Memorial recently to firm up his plans for an ambitious charity run to honour the Few during this 80th anniversary year.
Jonny, who will be leading a small team that will be running 80 miles in five days, finishing at the Memorial, met Site Manager Jules Gomez and unveiled a banner highlighting the event.
The run, which will begin on 5 October from the headquarters of the Aircraft Restoration Company in Duxford, will take in 15 sites that have a special significance to the Battle of Britain, many of them airfields from which the Few flew against the Luftwaffe.
He explained: “Our objective is to raise as much awareness as possible, in this poignant anniversary year, for the courageous ‘Few’ – the young men who defended Britain’s skies during 1940 from the relentless German Luftwaffe and an inevitable invasion.
After leaving Duxford the five-day run will take in Fowlmere, Debden, North Weald, Hornchurch, Biggin Hill, Kenley, Croydon, Uxbridge, the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt, Bentley Priory, Tangmere and Manston before reaching Hawkinge and then the Battle of Britain Memorial here at Capel-le-Ferne on 9 October.
In a tribute to the just under 3,000 RAF aircrew who served during the Battle of Britain, between 10 July and 31 October, the runners hope to raise at least £3,000.
Supporters can sponsor the team by visiting Jonny’s page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/battleofbritain80
For more information see https://jonnycracknell.com/running-for-the-few/