Tonbridge air cadets run marathon with log for RAF charity

POLE POSITION: The Air Cadets get to grips with their log

Tonbridge air cadets run marathon with log for RAF charity

by Andy Tong | 26th April 2019

AIR cadets from Tonbridge School have completed the traditional challenge of running a marathon while carrying a large log to raise money for charity.

They combined to raise more than £800 for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare organisation.

Senior cadets from the school’s Combined Cadet Force ran with five ash poles around the school’s athletics track for a combined total of 26.2 miles, completing the task in just over an hour.

Flight Lieutenant Stefan Hargreaves, the commanding officer of the RAF Section, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve raised over £800 for this fantastic charity, and we’re proud that the funds we’ve raised will support RAF servicemen and women, veterans, and their families.

“The RAF cadets made a great effort on the day, and it is inspiring to see such promise and commitment coming from the boys in support of charity.”

Heather Kemp, RAF Benevolent Fund Regional Fundraiser, said: “It’s fantastic to see these young Air Cadets organising such a great challenge in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

“2019 marks the Fund’s centenary, and to mark this milestone we are launching a campaign
to double the number of people we help.

“But we simply could not do the work we do, looking after the ‘RAF Family’, without the support of fantastic events like this.”

Last year, the RAF Benevolent Fund supported more than 50,000 people with a wide range of welfare needs, from relationship counselling and the Airplay youth support scheme to care home top-up fees for elderly RAF veterans.

To make a donation to the Aid Cadet Log Marathon, go to

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