TIW Raise Money for the AT Society Marathons for Lola

Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) is a rare and complex genetic disorder.

There is currently no cure, but funds raised for the AT Society can help improve the lives of those living with the condition and pay for much needed research. Lola Bloomer has just been diagnosed with the condition, she is three years old.

Starting on Boxing Day 2012 and running through until 25 Jan 2013, Martin Hine, Charlie Clements, Iain Bushell, Yvonne Allenby, Sean LLoyd, Matt Young and Mark Seaward, all from Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing and deployed in Afghanistan, are running as many marathons as they can in a month.

Martin, Charlie and Iain have each pledged to run an incredible 13.1 miles (Half Marathon) each and every day; a total of 15 ½ Marathons!  The group from TIW hope to raise over £2,000, with a goal of 50 Marathons in 31 days. Charlie, Martin and Iain need to complete 13.1 miles a day for a month.

Martin first heard about Lola from a friend who he used to work with at II(AC) Sqn, RAF Marham during the early 90’s. Lola is the daughter of a close friend and when he heard of her condition he felt he just had to help. He invited Martin to join his Mega-Tri Challenge and whilst training for this before Christmas, Charlie and Martin came up with the idea of ‘Marathon Month’.

The challenge is progressing well; so far they have been running for 22 days and covered the distance of 39 marathons. Martin, Charlie and Iain have run the equivalent of 11 marathons each! Most days they get up at 5am and run for an hour, they then run again later when they can get time in the day. They occasionally do the whole distance in one run but often have to break it down into one hour chunks as there are a limited number of running machines – and work always comes first. Although the team are keeping up the momentum for the challenge, their legs are beginning to tire, Charlie has had large blisters and Martin has lost a toe-nail. Charlie also ran the first day in Vibram rubber soled trainers with heat blisters on the soles of his feet. The hardest part about the running is the boredom of running on a treadmill and the fact that there is no air conditioning to counteract the oppressive heat. When they first talked about the challenge they felt it was important to run every day as Lola doesn’t get a day off from her condition – so why should they?

Flight Sergeant Martin ‘Marv’ Hine said; “This really is a tough challenge and harder than anything I’ve done before. After seeing a picture of Lola’s beautiful smile I was moved by the thought of her suffering and thought there must be something we can do to help.”

Corporal Sean Lloyd added: “A worthy challenge makes you sweat, bleed and cry; we are two thirds the way there.”

To support the group with their challenge here is a link to the Mega-Tri webpage: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/lolabloomer and the marathons for Lola page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/marathons4lola

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