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ATC Sergeant Raises Money the Hard Way

Article posted: Sep 19, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Pass

209 (West Bridgford) Squadron, Air Training Corps was represented both on and off the track at the Robin Hood Half Marathon held in Nottingham.

A total of nine Cadets and five staff helped with the marshalling of the event and gave out medals to the runners as they completed the course.

On the run 209 Sqn was represented by the Sqns Drill Instructor, ATC Sergeant Dan Haywood who was raising money for the Martin Beard Memorial Fund. SAC Martin Beard who was from Rainsworth near Mansfield, Notts, was a Gunner in the RAF Regiment who was killed on Operational Duties in Iraq last August.

Dan, himself a former Gunner in the RAF Regt, didn’t want to make the run too easy so completed it in combat clothing with a rucksack on his back!


Sergeant Nathan Armstrong a Cadet with 209 Sqn presents ATC Sergeant Dan Haywood with his Robin Hood Half Marathon Medal

Flying Officer Steve Richards of 209 Sqn said “It was a great event to be part of and the Cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

Also running the Half Marathon for the Marin Beard Memorial Fund was Pilot Officer Jack Stepanian of 2195 (Long Eaton) and Officer Cadet Ashley Rudd of 504 (West Nottingham) Sqns.

By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer