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RAF runners' Race To The Stones

Runners from the Royal Air Force are gearing up for a mammoth challenge this summer… running a hundred kilometres in just ONE DAY, to help fund a new Therapy Room for the Caldecott Foundation.

Steve Bush along with fellow airmen from 14 Squadron at RAF Waddington are taking part in this year’s “Race To The Stones” – an Ultra Marathon voted Best Endurance Event in the UK.

The route follows the Ridgeway from the Chiltern Hills in Oxfordshire to the North Wessex Downs and ending at the Avebury Stone Circle, the largest Neolithic stone circle in Europe.

Recognised as the oldest path in the UK, the Ridgeway’s history spans 5000 years, passing Bronze Age hill forts, over Neolithic burial chambers and through Roman river crossings.

Steve said:

“I decided to run Race to the Stones because I wanted to challenge myself.  I thought it would be something different to do and would give me a focal point to get back into training properly.

“I heard about the Therapy Room that the Caldecott Foundation needs and I thought it would be a worthwhile cause.  I’m hoping it gives the young people a new place where they can relax, feel comfortable and give them somewhere away from their accommodation and school to be themselves.”

Karin Moncrieff, Fundraising Manager for Caldecott explained how the Therapy Room will make a difference:

“Caldecott now has three services in Nottinghamshire specialising in the psychological recovery of young people who have experienced extreme trauma, but we still need an expanded facility in which our professional mental health experts can undertake individual therapeutic work.  We are therefore thrilled and grateful that the fantastic team from RAF Waddington has chosen to raise funds towards constructing and equipping a new room for these services”.

When asked how his training had been going, Steve replied “slowly but sorely”!

“It’s not a typo!  Hard, but I’m getting there.  All of the guys are helping and supporting each other where we can. I’ve done twenty five kilometres so far in one hit so it’s all adding up and coming together.

“In all seriousness, we just want to enjoy the experience.  I think it’s something all of us feel we can accomplish and I think it’s pretty cool that, as we are mates, we get to experience this Ultra together.”

We wish Steve and his mates the best of luck!

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