Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, St Andrews Children’s Hospice, and Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance are the charities which the Air Warfare Centre (AWC) has chosen to raise money for in 2015. The Committee organise an event every month to support these worthy causes, with the most recent a 5 km fun run.

On 27 May 2015 Sergeant (Sgt) Nicky Stagg organised a 5 km fun run (yes fun and run in the same sentence) and family BBQ for all AWC personnel and their families, where fancy dress was strongly encouraged.

As running is not everyone’s favourite activity there was a walking group who completed the 5 km loop before the race started at 2 pm. There were special appearances from Spiderman, Leo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and Batman who arrived in his convertible bat mobile. Needless to say there was no love lost between the three. At 1:50 pm Sgt Stagg briefed the route, the rules and asked for a clean and fair race; so no biting, no swinging from trees, no pulling, no tripping, just a clean race. Spiderman then volunteered to lead the warm up which involved Exercise to music that included a freestyle dance element to ‘Up Town Funk’ by Bruno Mars. As you can imagine there By Fg Off Adrian Sharp was some questionable dancing on show.

Suitably warmed up and with a blow of the whistle the group began their 5 km FUN run with Spiderman leading the way… not for long though! The route involved starting at the AWC, running within the camp perimeter, two laps of the football field before heading back down to the finish line at the AWC. Everybody gave it their all and it only took just over 19 minutes before the first two were in sight of the finishing line.

The front two runners were neck and neck with five metres to go when suddenly one of them crashed to the floor after tripping over what can only be described as a pebble! This crash allowed Chief Technician Spence to run home and claim the trophy and a bottle of Champagne. However, Sgt Southern picked himself up and dusted himself off to finish the race in a very respectable 2nd place. Not long after, Flt Lt Cook ran past the finish line to secure his top three finish.

All the runners completed the race and were greeted by MASS who gave them an AWC labelled water bottle to aid their recovery. Once everybody had their breath back, they headed to the RAF Waddington Rugby Club where there was a BBQ, drink, and a bouncy castle for everybody to enjoy with their families.

Suitably fed and watered and with the drink flowing, the Commandant of the AWC, Air Commodore Hedley, presented the winning trophy and a Bottle of Champagne to the worthy winner. The Comdt then addressed all the participants thanking them for their efforts:

“I would like to thank the Charities Committee for organising a successful event to raise money for our chosen charities, and I would especially like to thank you, the participants, for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come down and support these worthy causes.”

The event raised a total of £465.69 which will go into the charities pot to be split amongst the charities at the end of year function. The next AWC Charity event to look out for is the AWC Euro’s football tournament, results to follow!

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