PT instructors from RAF Cosford finished a fund-rasing challenge on behalf of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in well under their target time, and are well on the way to raising an impressive £1,400 for the charity.
The serving RAF members wore Memorial Trust tee-shirts during their ‘Spitfire 80-miler’ relay walk around the RAF Cosford running track while carrying 38kg – the reported weight of a Spitfire propeller – in backpacks.
All the participants completed their laps in under the alloted time, which meant the group finished the challenge virtually three hours faster than they had allowed themselves.
The event marked not only the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain but the fact that the instructors were part of the 100th PTI course to have been run at the School of Physical Training at RAF Cosford.
Each member of the course walked 5.7 miles, equivalent to 9200m, or 23 laps of the track, in a relay format, with course members walking in pairs.
One of the organisers, AC Jedd Evans, explained that the challenge had been for the group to complete 80 miles within 14 hours, something they managed with two hours and 59 minutes to spare.
He added: “As this year marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain the course felt it was important to pay their respects by raising money for the trust, especially after the impact COVID-19 has had.”
The walk has already raised £1,300 towards the £1,400 target set on the group’s Crowdfunder page at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ptic-100—the-spitfire-80-miler – and with another three weeks to go before the appeal ends, the team is confident it will more than meet that target. Trust supporters are invited to help the group raise much-needed funds for the charity.