Charity triathlon keeps RAF grounded

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USUALLY when groups say they are holding a ‘fund-raising day’, it really means a fund-raising afternoon.

But when the students and staff on the Junior Regiment Officers Course (JROC) at RAF Honington put their bodies on the line for the British Limbless Ex Serviceman’s Association (Blesma) and St Nicholas Hospice Care, a day meant a day.

The 21 men split into three teams to tackle a 24-hour triathlon, racking up almost 900 miles through swimming, cycling and running.

Flying Officer Adam Blair, who, along with his fellow JROC graduates had just completed seven months of training, said the arduous day was worth it.

“It’s been relatively tough but our training has stood us in good stead and they’re very good causes,” he said.

Group Captain Andy Hall, station commander, said the charity drive showed the base’s social responsibility.