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RAF Rugby 7s Team Raise Over £1,000 For RAF Museum Cosford

The team cycled, ran and walked over 500km in 24 hours to raise money for the museum, which has lost millions of pounds during the pandemic.

The RAF’s rugby 7s team have cycled, ran and walked over 500km in 24 hours to raise money for RAF Museum Cosford.

The Lancaster Challenge was set up to raise vital funds for the museum after they lost millions of pounds during the coronavirus pandemic.

And the team started with an 83-mile cycle to the Derwent reservoir, Derbyshire, where 617 Squadron once practiced using bouncing bombs.

As they pedalled their way through the start of the 500km challenge, fellow teammates racked in the miles by running and walking the remaining 400km around the reservoir.

Flight Lieutenant Jake Lovatt, Officer Commanding, Force Protection Training Flight, RAF Northolt and RAF Rugby 7s, told Forces News the team would “pull each other along” on the challenge.

“Obviously there is a lot of fitness involved in rugby… but the mental resilience and the mental robustness side of things definitely will play a part and help us out,” he said.

As some of the team began the 83-mile cycle, their teammates started running and walking the remaining 400km around Derwent reservoir. (Picture: RAF Rugby 7s)

The team completed the challenge in 24 hours and have so far raised more than £1,000 for the museum.

Edward Sharman, Head of Development at RAF Museum Cosford, told Forces News “it means a huge amount to the museum”.

“Having been closed to the public for so long, we’ve lost about £3 million worth of earned income over the closures that we’ve had over the past 14 months,” he said.

“So we need to recoup that money wherever we can. 

“We’ve been hugely thankful for the support of everyone from individual supporters in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) who have helped us through this and also teams like the Spitfire 7s who are doing crazy challenges to help raise money.”

Earlier this month, RAF Museum Cosford reopened its doors for the first time this year after the UK went into lockdown in December due to the coronavirus pandemic.