RAF Marham corporal ready for marathon charity test

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An RAF corporal has set himself the gruelling task of completing 10 half-marathons and five mud runs in one year for a Lynn charity.

Christopher Stephen, who is part of the combined support cell at RAF Marham, will be raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The armed forces charity, which was set up by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, supports bereaved children across the UK who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.

Cpl Stephen has already completed The Great North Run, Great Eastern Run and Rocksolid Race, and his eyes are now firmly set on his next challenge, which takes place later this month.

The 29-year-old will be taking on the Silverstone half-marathon and has pledged to undertake a series of endurance challenges this year, which includes a 20-mile, 200 obstacle rat race and the MK half-marathon to raise vital funds for charity.

Although not directly affected by the charity, Cpl Stephen cites camaraderie as the main driving force behind his backing for Scotty’s, which provides year-round support to its members through gifts, holidays, education and counselling.

Cpl Stephen said: “Knowing that Scotty’s Little Soldiers is there for our families if anything should happen really resonated with me. When I heard about the support the charity offers I couldn’t help but get involved.

“I’ve set myself the challenge of raising £1,000 this year and I am well on my way to achieving this.

“I got the running bug last year after taking part in the Great North Run and still feel in good shape. We will see how I’m feeling once I have three or four half-marathons under my belt.”

Nikki Scott said: “We greatly appreciate Chris’s prolonged effort this year. Not only is he raising money but he has us in his mind throughout the year and will continue to promote our message. We wish him the best of luck in his challenges.”

To find out more about his challenge and to donate visit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.everydayhero.com/uk/christopher

To learn more about Scotty’s Little Soldiers visit: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/