It all started on 27 April, when 80 Air Despatchers from 47 Air Despatch Sqn and the Joint Aerial Delivery Trials and Evaluation Unit aimed to run a total of 4,700 miles to raise money and show their gratitude to the fantastic work the NHS and other critical care workers are doing during this pandemic.
Running 4700 miles collectively in as few days as possible, every participating soldier is aiming to run 4.7 miles a day until the target is reached. They are now on Day 9 and have completed 3304 miles so far, anticipating that they will finish the challenge on Friday 8 May. Each Air Despatcher who has been running has so far run at least 42.3 miles and by the end of the challenge they will have run 60 miles each.
The challenge was designed to be inclusive so that soldiers of all fitness levels could run with the activity being completed in line with the Governments direction for 1 hours outdoor exercise a day.
To mark their finish on VE Day, 75 Air Despatchers will run 7.5 miles, completing their challenge with a bang, a fitting contribution to the VE Day celebrations.