Thirty-six members from 99 Squadron of 29 Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps (Aldershot Garrison in Hampshire) raised over £2500 for The Salvation Army by running close to a mammoth 4000km.
The challenge was for each member of the 99 Squadron to run 99km over 14 days (18th to 24th of May), and the aim was to raise £1500. Thanks to public support they blew that goal out of the water.
The money raised will go towards The Salvation Army’s Covid- 19 relief work.
As if running 99km wasn’t challenging enough, the soldiers also had to contend with the May heat wave that made it impossible to run during the middle part of the day.
Private Conor Wolohan from 99 Squadron said, “The main challenge faced was the heat wave that we experienced that week. The conditions were too hot to run in, so we have to move our runs to early morning or late evening but even at these times it was immensely hot.”
He added, “We just made sure to keep hydrated and kept an eye on the temperature throughout the day. It took us out of our comfort zone also. Not many people are used to that amount of mileage every single day, especially without a rest day. It really showed us what we’re capable of.”
Not satisfied with the challenging heat, some soldiers run with 10kg backpacks. The average distance covered per day was 14km, but one ambitious soul ran the full 99km in one day.
There are many charities and organisations providing Covid-19 relief to vulnerable and at-risk people. Commenting on why 99 Squadron chose The Salvation Army, Private Wolohan said, “We chose The Salvation Army because of the amazing support you’re offering people throughout the lockdown period. From food banks to supporting isolation units for NHS, we really wanted to do something to help. Our target was £1500 and in total we raised £2748, so we’re really pleased with this.”
He went on to thank the generous donations from the public.
“We’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s generous donations and interest in our challenge; and it was our pleasure to raise money for The Salvation Army.”
You don’t have to run 3850km to support The Salvation Army’s Covid-19 relief projects; simply visit their Fundraising Page and participate in one of our virtual fundraising events.