Colour Chaos run is the first to take place on an operational RAF facility
The event will raise funds for the RAF Association’s welfare work
On 20 August hundreds of runners will take part in the first ‘Colour Chaos’ run ever to be organised on an active RAF station. The unique family challenge, which will raise vital funds for the RAF Association, is being held at RAF Wittering.
The race will take place entirely within the RAF station and participants – who can choose to run, jog, dance or walk – will be plastered in powder paint as they complete each kilometre of the circuit. Course highlights include passing the wood where Harriers used to take off and land, military vehicles parked along the route, and a turn round the compass swing (where aircraft compasses are calibrated).
The 5km course is flat and on paved ground. The event is open to members of the public, is wheelchair accessible and will suit everyone from toddlers to their grandparents. The day will raise funds for the RAF Association’s welfare support work. Every £1 raised by runners will go towards projects that help members of the RAF family across the country.
One of these is the Storybook Wings initiative, where serving parents record their children’s favourite bedtime stories before going away on active service. It has been used by more than 2,300 families since its inception in 2009 and on average 400 stories are recorded each year.
Funds raised will also support injured airmen fighting to get back on their feet, families struggling to make the move to life outside the RAF, and World War II veterans needing a shoulder to lean on. From sheltered housing to helping find funds for life-changing support and simple but powerful befriending, the RAF Association makes sure that no one who has made personal sacrifices for their country suffers as a result.
Rachel Huxford, Director of Fundraising and Training at the RAF Association, said: “This inaugural Colour Chaos event is a great opportunity to have a fun-filled family day out in a unique location, and places are still available for what I’m sure will be an unforgettable experience. We urge people to sign up soon. People are always looking for unusual events to take part in, and places are going fast.”
Flt Sgt Wayne Swiggs, a serving RAF dad who uses the Storybook Wings scheme, said: “It’s always tough being away from my family, so I’m glad that my sons are able to hear my voice through Storybook Wings. Funds raised through the ‘Colour Chaos’ event will help parents like me keep our young children happy and reassured during time spent apart.”
After completing the inaugural RAF Association ‘Colour Chaos’ run, participants will be awarded an exclusive commemorative medal.
Date: Sunday 20 August 2017
Time: 11:00-14:30 | Run begins at 11am and station will open beforehand for arrival and preparation
Location: RAF Wittering Station, Wittering, Peterborough PE8 6HB (located just off the A1 near Peterborough)