This September, serviceman Gary is running the Great North Run for the RAF Association. He tells us why:
“The RAF Association provides support to both airmen and their families through difficult times. To me, this is vital because as an airman likely to go away on operations, you never know when times in life may change but you can rest assured the Association would be there to support you and your loved ones 100 per cent.
I joined the RAF after a difficult period in my life. After a family breakdown, I went through a couple of years drinking quite heavily. I felt I needed to sort my life out, not only for me, but for my young daughter too. I want to be able to provide a better life for both of us, and for her to be proud to call me her dad.
Being in the RAF has changed my life completely. I’m the fittest I have ever been and have passed both my maths and English exam; something I would never of achieved in civvy street. The only negative is I’m not able to see my daughter as much as I did, but I know that what I’m doing will provide a better future for her.
I have always wanted to try myself at a half marathon, but I have never had the confidence or motivation to do it. After joining the RAF I went out one day during training collecting for the RAF Association’s Thetford Branch. Meeting the guys that ran it finally gave me the push I needed to sign up for the half marathon, and to do it for the Association was a no brainer for me.
Training for the half marathon isn’t easy, but I never imagined it would be. Most of my preparation will come from RAF Physical Training Instructors while I am on phase 2 training. On top of that I have been doing my own runs on a Saturday morning, I am currently up to running eight miles in under an hour. There’s still quite away to go, so any support from the RAF family would be welcome encouragement.”
To support Gary, please visit his Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Gary-Miller1987