RAFA Website 12 Oct 12

Article from the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) website, 12 October 2012.

Wheelchair push 500 mile challenge

A former RAF Regiment Gunner has successfully completed his 250th mile of his 500th mile wheelchair race at the Red Arrows Airfield, RAF Scampton on the 4th of October. Sean Allerton is determined to cover 500 miles as part of the Push 500 Wheelchair challenge.

He was left using a wheelchair after a motorbike accident in 1993 and hopes to raise thousands of pounds for 6 nominated charities including the RAF Association.

Sean said: “The Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge is not an organised challenge; it is a personal one for me. I am using a wheelchair and so this challenge is, from the outset, not an easy one.

During the course of the 500 miles, in support of troops currently deployed abroad, he intends to imitate the work of RAF personnel. So Sean wants to do at least one 24 hour shift and to pull at least one mile the full weight of kit that a deployed soldier would carry on patrol.

Joined by Red 3, Flight Lieutenant Mike Child, Senior Aircraftsmen engineers Joe Tiley and Ant Pinch and willing members of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Association and Yorkshire University Air Squadron, he completed a 2 mile route around the taxiways.

Sean continued his challenge at RAF Benson where he met Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton along with service personnel from RAF Benson and members from the various charities he is supporting. There was a photo taken in the hangar followed by Sir Stephen joining Sean for a 2 mile course around the runways of RAF Benson. They were given a cheer by a line up of personnel as they finished the course and Sean gave a speech to thank everyone for their support.

To find out more about Sean‘s challenge and how to sponsor him please visit his website

Push 500 challenge website

http://www.rafa.org.uk/What-we-do/News/Wheelchair-push-500-mile-challenge