Online article from RAF Leeming website, and hard copy from 18 July 2014 in the RAF News.
Former Regiment Gunner Continues Pushing For Charity Cash
(Titled Ex-Gunner Sean pushes himself to the limit in the RAF News)
A former member of 34 Sqn RAF Regiment has completed a 24 hour wheelchair push covering more than 60 miles on the runway at RAF Leeming.
Sean Allerton’s life was changed forever in October 1993, when he was involved in a motorbike accident in Cyprus, breaking his neck and leaving him a tetraplegic. Taking inspiration from The Proclaimers song ‘I Would Walk 500 Miles’ Sean decided to raise money for four charities by completing that distance in stages.
Having already completed two 500 mile pushes, Sean embarked on the wheelchair ‘PUSH 500 Charity Endurance Challenge’ which started and finished at the RAF Leeming Primary School. Children from the school waved and cheered as Sean and the rest of the team set off.
Sean was hoping to cover a minimum of 50 miles during the 24 hour period, but managed to do 62.45 miles in total. He said: “This is the longest I’ve ever done in 24 hours. I’m totally aching and I’m sure the other guys are too. The best and hardest part for me was the last stretch heading back to the finishing line at the school.”
Wing Commander Tony Cann and Flight Sergeant Dean Bradley along with several other personnel from across the Station joined Sean in spare wheelchairs with the intention of covering as many miles as they could, Dean successfully completed the entire challenge with Sean.
Wg Cdr Tony Cann Officer Commanding 100 Sqn said: “It was a privilege to join Sean. The man is a machine. I only managed 20 miles, and seeing the children cheering us to the finish line this morning made me feel pretty emotional”.