In July RAF Coningsby held a ‘RAFAthon’ to raise funds in aid of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Wings Appeal. This is an annual event organised by some RAF stations, where participants run a combined distance of a Marathon as individuals or in teams.

This year’s RAFAthon event at RAF Coningsby was well represented by all fitness abilities, ranging from an ultra-marathon runner to more ‘methodical’ runners who adopted a tortoise rather than hare approach. Eight teams finished the marathon distance including runners from Air Traffic Control, Communications, Ground Engineering Flight, the Medical Centre, Logistics and BAE Systems. 

The fastest time to complete the distance was by Team ‘Engineering and Logistics Warrant Officers’ consisting of: Warrant Officers Steve Brown, Pete Wood and Keith Keen in 3hrs 55mins; they also raised a fantastic £115 in the process. ‘Quality and Continuous Improvement Mavericks’, a team of six headed up by Sergeant Alan McGee finished the marathon in 3hrs 58 mins. The ‘Air Traffic Control’ Team made a fantastic effort of completing 35 miles between them.

The standout effort of the day was by Squadron Leader Richard Lendon from the Medical Centre who completed the whole marathon singlehandedly; running past the 25 metre range no less than 54 times; in 3hrs 59 mins; he raised over £200 for RAFA.

Air Traffic Control Officer, Fg Off Ben Wadd, who organised the event, said: “Everyone ran the event with a smile on their face, or was that a grimace?” He added: “It was a phenomenal effort; my congratulations go to all involved.”

Station RAFA Liaison Officer, SAC Sharleen Merritt said: “We are delighted to have the total sum of £480 raised for the RAFA Wings Appeal.”

For any further information regarding forthcoming RAFA events, or if you would like to arrange an event please contact Fg Off Ben Wadd on ext: 7443 or SAC Sharleen Merritt on ext: 7331 or alternatively any of the RAFA committee members below:


Flt Lt Micklewright; Ext: 7459


FS Hadgraft, Ext: 7390

Chf Tech Furness, Ext: 7334

Cpl Bolt, Ext: 7966

RAFA Secretary
SAC Harvey, Ext: 7247

RAFA Dep Secretary
SAC Merritt, Ext: 7331