In 2014, David Wilson took it upon himself to take on a list of challenges to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund, starting with the Baxters River Ness 10k in the September. In his blog, David tells us a little more about himself and why he has decided to throw himself at the wall for the RAFBF!
I am married to my wonderful wife Audrey and we have two beautiful girls Paige age 6 and Poppy age 4. We also have a cat Jessie and are about to have two little Old English Bulldogs about our family. Family means the world to me and their support whilst I am away on ops or just working here keeps me going every day.
Whilst out at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, I was working on Chinook helicopters and especially supporting the MERT (medical emergency response team) which deals with battlefield casualties. I was in awe of the work they did but it got me wondering about who helped the guys after they came back from ops and were back in the UK. I knew about Help for Heroes, but felt I wanted to support a charity specific to me and the Royal Air Force.
I had heard of the RAF Benevolent Fund, but didn’t really know what who they were and what they did but after reading about the support they give to everyone, from WWII pilots to today’s RAF servicemen and their families, I thought I need to do my bit to help out, however small that may be.
Last year I decided to try running the Baxers Loch Ness 10k and from there I’ve enjoyed it, not as much fun in the winter I’ve found out, but nevertheless, I’ve had to get the miles in to prepare for 2015. The cycling challenges interested me as I’ve always loved cycling. I bought a road bike in 2008 and it still serves me well, I love cycling in the beautiful countryside of the Highlands and Moray (again more fun in the summer months!!!). The two cycling challenges I have set myself are further than I have cycled before, so I am pushing myself as hard as I can to support the RAFBF.
As well as the physical challenges, I would also like to help or get involved where I can with any other RAFBF charity work and volunteer with Team RAFBF Lossiemouth when I can.
I was successful in my application into the Great North Run 2015 in Newcastle which I am pretty excited about, it’s up there with the big running events on TV, so I am really glad to get a place and of course doing it for a great cause in the RAF Benevolent Fund. All these events seem so far away at the minute but will creep up really fast. I am hoping to add more and love the challenge, but don’t want to take on more than I can handle. At the minute I’m 100% focused on the Inverness ½ marathon in March , and want to get a time close to or better than the 1hr 44mins I achieved in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow in October, but with the cold weather it may be tricky. With that in mind it’s all about getting the miles under my belt just now, blowing off the cobwebs and working off the extra mince pies from Christmas. I even treated myself to a new pair of bright running shoes to feel part of the distance runner’s club. Hardest part of training at the minute seems to be getting the running gear on, with the snow and wind, training has been tough but I have my youth football team from Elgin City FC spurring me on! I have been taking them for a few laps of Cooper Park in Elgin, when our normal training pitch is snow covered, so they get a fitness session and I get pushed hard by these super fit youngsters.
Here’s a full list of what David is putting himself through in the coming year:
8th March – Inverness ½ marathon
6th-7th June – Night Rider London
28th-29th August – Ride the North challenge
13th September – Great North Run
We think David deserves all the support he can get, so if you agree with us, please pop over to his Just Giving page and make a donation to encourage in all his amazing efforts!
Well done David, we are right behind you – well ok, probably quite a bit behind you and puffing like mad, but we are there!
Finally, if you are interested in taking part in the Loch Ness Marathon in 2015 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, please email email@example.com or visit the the RAFBF website for a full list of their event challenges this year.