Royal Air Force charities benefit from Paul’s run

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Paul Hughesdon of Wingrave has raised £5,500 to be split between the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund by taking part in the London Marathon.

He completed the course in in three hours and 34 minutes.

Paul is Director of Welfare and Policy for the Benevolent Fund and served in the RAF for 26 years, achieving the rank of Air Commodore.

He provided personnel support to the frontline throughout that time, culminating in commanding RAF Uxbridge. His last post was in charge of personnel policy across the RAF.

Speaking after the race, Paul said: “It feels great to have run the London Marathon. The crowds throughout the course and the noise were immense.

“There were so many people on Tower Bridge, all cheering us on. Things were more difficult around Canary Wharf, but I thought about the money I was raising for the RAF family and that kept me running.”

Michael Bolton, RAF Association Director of Fundraising and Marketing, said: “We are very grateful to Paul for his great running and fundraising efforts, and to his wife for her support too. His sponsorship money will help us provide friendship, help and support to current and former serving RAF personnel and their families.”

Paul was expecting to complete the gruelling 26.2 miles in four hours 45 minutes, so he was very pleased with his time.