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Royal Air Force News Friday, April 5, 2019 P10


                In Brief

       Museum scoops                                                                              Marathon
       awards hat-trick

       THE RAF Museum scored a hat-                                                               man Jon’s
       trick of wins at a national tourism
       awards ceremony.
         The   museum’s  RAF   100th
           Anniversary  T-Shirt  was
              voted best product at the                                                           Scot what
               Association for Cultural
                Enterprises Awards.
                    Its Souvenir Guide
                  Book also won an
                  award while the RAF
                 100th    anniversary                                                             it takes
                 pilot bear (pictured)
                 was   named    best
                 children’s product.

                                                                                                  FORCES CHARITY  crusader  London Marathon later this month.
                                                                                                  Cpl Jon Ward is aiming to be the   He added: “I know how much
                                                                                                  first athlete to run the 250 mile  the Benevolent Fund does to
                                                                                                  Scottish Coast trail.          support us all.
                                                                                                    The Air Force endurance star   “If I were ever in need, I know
                                                                                                  will tackle the popular tourist  I could turn to them. It’s all the
                                                                                                  motoring route over six days to net  more special to raise funds for this
                                                                                                  cash for the RAF Benevolent Fund.  amazing charity in its centenary
                                                                                                    Jon raised the fundraising   year.”
                                                                                                  stakes  last  year  by               The North East 250 is a
                                                                                                  clocking  up   100                  tourist route which runs
                                                                                                  marathons in 12                       through  Aberdeenshire
                                                                                                  months to mark the                     and Moray Speyside and
                                                                                                  RAF’s   centenary,                     takes in the Cairngorms
                                                                                                  last year.                              National Park.
                                                                                                    Since then he                           RAF     Benevolent
                                                                                                  has added a further                    Fund  spokesperson
                                                                                                  29 to his personal                     Zee   Fletcher  said:
                                                                                                  tally of endurance                    “Jon’s dedication is an
                                                                                                  events for charity.                 inspiration to us all.
                                                                                                    He said: “I love to run,          “His efforts over the last year
                                                                                                  and I do it almost every day.   have been incredible and the same
                                                                                                    “I chose to run this particular  goes for the North East Coast 250
                                                                                                  route in Scotland as it’s something  challenge.”
                                                                                                  that no one else has ever done   Jon is also planning to run the
                                                                                                  before.”                       215 mile Ultra GB marathon, across
                                                                                                    The Lossiemouth-based airman   Scotland, in August.
                                                                                                  completes a marathon a month and  O   Go  to:
                                                                                                  will be taking part in an event in  fundraising/jonathan-wardnec250
                                                                                                  Bratislava before competing in the  to sponsor him.

                                                                                                  Stations on Reds alert

                                                                                                  Staff Reporter                 spokesman said: “Any basing decision
                                                                                                                                 for the Red Arrows will depend on
                                                                                                  THE HUNT is on for a new home  securing a suitable area of airspace in
                                                                                                  for the Red Arrows following a  which they can conduct their aerobatic
                                                                                                  decision to close RAF Scampton –  training.”
                                                                                                  the famous display team’s base for   An online petition launched by
                                                                                                  the last 20 years.             aviation fans and local residents to
                                                                                                    Among the front runners are  save the station has received more than
                                                                                                  Leeming  in   North  Yorkshire,  7000 signatures – close to the 10,000
                                                                                                  Scapmton’s  neighbouring  station  needed to force a response from the
                                                                                                  at Waddington and Wittering in  government. The closure is part of a
                                                                                                  Cambridgeshire.                defence programme to sell around a
                                                                                                    The Ministry of Defence is to carry  third of its estate to make nearly £3
                                                                                                  out suitability studies at each site. A  billion savings by 2040.
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