AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, RAF CONINGSBY’S LOGISTICS SQN HELD IT ANNUAL CHARITY‘BOSTON SLOG’ROAD RACE MARKING THE 26TH CONSECUTIVE OCCASION THE EVENT HAS BEEN HELD.
Funds raised through individual sponsorship were donated to the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. A total of twenty six competitors of all ages and abilities participated, including personnel from RAF Marham, Waddington and Wittering.
THE 2013 SLOG COMPRISED
• The Iron Man – A 14-mile cycle from
RAF Coningsby to Boston and a
14-mile run back to RAF Coningsby.
Winner (Male): Cpl Matt Hill (RUAS)
2 hr 16 min 41 sec (Female): Flt Lt
Laura Matthews (OC ISF) 3 hr 36 min
• The Cycleman – A 28-mile cycle
from RAF Coningsby to Boston and
back. Winner: Mr Terry Grant (TMEC)
1hr 22 min 54 sec.
• The Fun Run – A 14-mile run from
Boston to RAF Coningsby. Winner:
Mr Ron Morley (WESCO) 1hr
The race was started at RAF Coningsby by OC Engineering and Logistics Wing, Wg Cdr Bellamy, in glorious sunshine. It is hoped the sunny weather can be booked again for 2014! Competitors were greeted in Boston at finish line at the foot of the Boston Stump by the Mayor, Councilor Paul Kenny. After a brief break to re-hydrate, capture a group photo and to listen to a few words of encouragement from Councillor Kenny, the race back to RAF Coningsby was started. The customary start outside the Boston Stump had to be abandoned due to a funeral taking place, although this made for some exciting overtaking on the cobbled back streets of Boston as the cyclists jockeyed for the lead position.
The whole event ran as smoothly as the organizing committee had hoped, helped by the excellent weather. The only mishap of note was the slight diversion by the Ironman leader, Cpl Matt Hill, who missed a turn at Antons Gowt and extended the usual course. Luckily he recovered and rejoined the route expeditiously to ensure he won by a healthy margin.
At the time of writing a total of £930 sponsorship had been collected and this will be split equally between the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. A new trophy kindly donated by Sqn Ldr Robin Nash (OC Logs Sqn until July 2013) was presented to the Iron Man and Iron Lady. At the post-event trophy presentation, Debbie Fitzgerald from Cancer Research UK paid tribute to “another great effort by RAF Coningsby Logs Sqn staff for organizing the event and the participants for their physical and fundraising efforts”. Corporal Ian Scott who headed the organizing committee added: “Well done to all who competed and I hope they spread the word for next year’s 27th Boston Slog where we hope to raise even more for charity”. Logs Sqn aim to hold the 27th ‘Boston Slog’ road race in early October 2014.