RAF Website 16 September 2015

Online article from RAF website 16 September 2015. Also Leicester branch RAFA website.

RAF Lossiemouth pushes it to the limits

RAF Lossiemouth pushes it to the limits

A former RAF Regiment Gunner has notched up a further 61 miles in 24 hours at RAF Lossiemouth in his bid to complete 500 miles by wheelchair.


Sean Allerton, 50, was injured in a road accident in 1993 and left tetraplegic after breaking his neck. Undaunted by such a traumatic event, Sean has since raised over £25,000 for service charities. The challenge, which Mr Allerton began in 2012, is called ‘Push 500’ and is based on the song lyrics of The Proclaimers.

51 Squadron RAF Regiment were keen to support Sean in completing his challenge and invited him to complete a section of his challenge with his old Corps. Acting Warrant Officer John Ross of 51 Sqn RAF Regt said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to host Sean as well as the myriad of guests, Air Cadets and paralympic athletes that turned up throughout the event. Some of our own Squadron personnel actually stayed the whole night after coming over to meet him and two achieved distances of over 30 miles whilst keeping Sean company.”

He continued:

“It is fair to say that the indomitable spirit displayed by Sean during his endurance event was infectious to all around him. He may have left RAF Lossiemouth extremely tired but the newly found admiration of his achievements by those who turned up to support him should hopefully alleviate some of the muscle ache!”

Sean Allerton begins his challenge with members of 51 Squadron RAF Regiment, 2622 Squadron RAuxAF Regiment and RAF Benevolent Fund

Ever since his accident Sean has received support from the RAF Benevolent Fund and colleagues in the Armed Forces; he has always felt part of the RAF family. He said:

“Twenty two years ago my 11-year career in the RAF Regiment ended in the blink of an eye. Wanting to ‘give something back’ to those who helped me, and using the Proclaimers song as a guide, I started my Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge. The challenge isn’t just about funds and awareness, it is to show what you can do if you put your mind to it; there is a reason we have ‘Per Ardua’ as a motto.

“The support received at RAF Lossiemouth was second to none, and the hosting by 51 Sqn RAF Regt was exemplary. The whole event was hard work, but made me very proud to be associated with my Corps, and to the RAF. With great support I managed to cover 61 miles in the 24-hour period.”

You can further support the Push 500 (and 1000) Wheelchair Challenge by sponsoring at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/500 or visiting www.push500.com.

Photographs: Sgt Stu Fenwick

51 Sqn RAF Regiment host Mr Allerton due to the runways being active at RAF Lossiemouth.

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