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RAF Marham Memorial Run Raises Thousands

The RAF Marham Memorial Wall of fallen service personnel
BAE Systems employees have joined their RAF and MoD colleagues from RAF Marham to run 453 miles in memory of fallen service personnel.

The Afghanistan Memorial Charity Run was organised in memory of the 453 British Service personnel who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

The run took place in the station gymnasium between 07:30 - 17:00, with each volunteer running one mile on a treadmill. Each volunteer then placed a photo of their nominated service person on a memorial wall. The event raised over £5000 for a variety of military charities.

A special mention goes to the efforts of Matt Hubbard (BAE Systems GFX Project Controller at RAF Marham), who ran twice in the gym and completed a marathon in-between his two runs, by running around the airfield’s perimeter road four times. Matt is an ex-RAF serviceman who served in Afghanistan.

Matt said: “It was a spur of the moment idea, I thought I could do it and show my respect for the fallen whilst making a small contribution to help injured service personnel."

Gary Bootle, General Manager at RAF Marham, said: “Matt’s effort has been superb, the entire team feel honoured that they were invited by the RAF to join them in the Afghanistan Memorial Charity Run.

"At the end of our mile, placing photographs of the fallen on the memorial wall was very humbling and really brought home the extent of the sacrifice given by the members of our armed force in the Afghanistan Campaign.”

The charities represented in the memorial run were ABF The Soldier's Charity, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.