A Royal Air Force air cadet instructor is set to navigate this year’s Worcester City Run 10k course in aid of the RAF 100 Appeal which commemorates 100 years of the Royal Air Force. Twenty-year-old Luke Ford from Perdiswell, a volunteer with the 187 City of Worcester Air Training Corps, has not only set himself the challenge of raising funds for each of the appeal’s three causes and for the squadron itself, but also to achieve a 10k personal best.
Luke Ford will be joined on the run by two volunteer colleagues and a largegroup of air cadets will be cheering them on as they undertake volunteering roles at the event. A partnership between Worcester City Council and Events of the North, this year’s Worcester City Run will take place on Sunday 16 September and includes half marathon, 10k and junior races.
Luke, who also works as a sports coach for Worcester City Run sponsor Freedom Leisure,is a passionate supporter of the RAF, having joined the RAF Air Cadets at the age of 13 and been inspired by the service men and women he has met over the years.He is taking part in the Worcester City 10k for the second time having completed the 2016 event in 1hour and 1minute, which he is aiming to get down to under 55 minutes when the race gets underway on Sunday 16 September.
The RAF100 Appeal is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The appeal aims to raise money for the RAF Family and to create a lasting legacy in line with the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force this year.
“I was an air cadet for seven years before becoming a member of staff volunteering with the 187 City of Worcester Air Training Corps, so I have attended various events across the UK and gained lots of experience from dedicated servicemen and women serving in the Royal Air Force.
The Worcester City Run gives me the opportunity to give something back in the RAF’s 100th anniversary year.
“I also wanted to set myself a personal challenge of beating my last Worcester City Run 10k race time. I’ve been training three or four times a week, so with the support of the crowds, who created a fantastic atmosphere last time around, I’ll hopefully finish with a personal best.”
Supporting Luke and fellow cadet volunteers Rebecca Nicholson and James Croxfordin their 10k bid will be 35 cadets who have offered their services as volunteers at the 10k and half marathon events. They will be on hand to make sure that the Worcester City Run is a success for runners and spectators alike by undertaking a variety of roles on the day.
Luke added: “It’s definitely a boost knowing the cadets will be there on the day rooting for me. Volunteering at a major event like the Worcester City Run this is a great experience for them.”
Anyone who is interested in being part of the Air Products Volunteer Crew at the Worcester City Run should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who comes forward and plays a part on the day will get full support from the event team, along with an event jacket, refreshments and a goody bag. To support Luke’s fundraising bid visitwww.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/raf10010km.For more information about the RAF 100 appeal, visit www.raf100appeal.org and to find out more about the 187 City of Worcester Air Training Corps, visit www.187worcesteraircadets.org.