RAF Waddington & The Lincoln 10km Road Race
8 Squadron were part of the five thousand runners (including many more personnel at RAF Waddington) 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 Benevolent Fund 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.’
However it wasn’t only members of 8 Squadron that took part in the race many other RAF Waddington personnel were competing. One of them was Squadron Leader Ben Livesey who works in Force Head Quarters in an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance, a keen sportsman and former holder of Inter-Services titles for running and triathlon, and a qualified athletics coach also took part.
Ben led the race from the off, winning in a stunning 30 minutes and 16 seconds.
“The crowd support on Sunday was excellent and I didn’t realise quite how many knew my name! It certainly shows the benefit of running in a local race and was great to see so many people out from the Station supporting the event, including the strong showing from 8 Squadron. The race is a great opportunity for runners of all abilities to take part, either to achieve a time goal or just complete the challenge. This was clear on the day with the different club vests, outfits and costumes, although running round with a fridge on your back certainly is something to beat.”
Anyone wishing to donate can do so through the following website:
or by contacting the Squadron directly on 01522 726707