Air Squadron team run more than 10,000k in their gardens to raise funds for NHS Charities Together
A 21-year-old Ingoldisthorpe student is part of an air squadron team who ran more than 10,000k as part of a continuous relay in their gardens.
Ellie Brewer, who is a member of the Cambridge University Air Squadron, has teamed up with 31 members of her squadron, as well as the students of 11 other university air squadrons nation-wide to raise funds for NHS Charities Together.
Starting at the end of April, the team have been running 10,200k between them, which covers the distance from the RAF’s most northerly base, RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to the most easterly base, RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and back.
Miss Brewer, who is a second year medical student at Anglia Ruskin University, completed her legs of the relay on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
She said the team were well-trained to complete the challenge as all the members had to pass a fitness test in order to join the air squadron.
"It's brilliant to be able to do something worthwhile when we feel helpless in many ways," Miss Brewer said. "I found running each day really uplifting, it could have been monotonous running around the same patch of grass for days on end but the amazing public response and community spirit made it feel as though our squadron was still together and achieving great things.
"It shows that quarantine can be what you make of it - these are difficult and uncertain times which we will only get through together, supporting our communities and keeping spirits high."
She continued: "It's been in the pipeline for the last two weeks through the RAF umbrella. There are quite a few rules and regulations but it was so lovely to see what Captain Tom has done. All of us have been cheering him on and we were keen on doing our own challenge.
"I am really lucky because I can run in a field for horses, which is quite a big expanse. Some people are doing it in tiny gardens.
"It's been lovely for us to get back in contact with each other through it."
The 'UAS Garden Relay' has seen University Air Squadrons across the country complete the challenge, which comprises of more than 250 students.
Miss Brewer's friend Elliot Simpson, 20, who attended King Edward VII Academy is also taking part in the challenge.
Speaking about how she became involved with the squadron, Miss Brewer said: "I have a friend in the RAF who heard that I was going to university and they said to look into it.
"It's a nice chance to meet people from other universities on a student budget. There is an interview to apply as well as a fitness and medical test."
Having set a fundraising target of £10,200, the collective air squadrons have already raised more than £16,500 at the time of writing from 850 plus supporters.
A post on the Squadron's Facebook page states: "There were countless sore knees and blisters along the way but an even larger amount of cheering family members, supportive friends and laughter. Thank you to everyone who helped us on the way!"
A Just Giving page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/uas-garden-relay for those interested in donating.
For more information on the Cambridge University Air Squadron, visit www.facebook.com/CambridgeUAS/ while you can see the progress of the garden relay at cuas.org.uk/uasgardenrelay/