Marathon achievement

Corporal Zoe Fowler and 14 colleagues from JFC Brunssum ran a marathon to raise money for the Legion. Here she tells us all about it…

"I’m the only serving member of my family, but my youngest brother is in the Air Cadets so I have my fingers crossed he'll follow in my footsteps. I'm a Staff Assistant providing support to the Base Support Coordination Cell at Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum in The Netherlands. It's one of two NATO Joint Force Headquarters – the other being JFC Naples – in Allied Command Operations."

"When I was 15 years old, my father took me to the Careers Office to enquire about me joining the Army. But then I came across the Royal Air Force and the rest is history!"

"I'm a Staff Assistant providing support to the Base Support Coordination Cell at Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum in The Netherlands. It's one of two NATO Joint Force Headquarters – the other being JFC Naples – in Allied Command Operations.

"I buy and wear a new poppy every year, as do my husband and children, and help sell poppies on military bases. For me, the poppy’s a symbol of Remembrance for those who gave us our freedom and the many who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Wearing one shows my gratitude to every Service woman and man today, and is a way of thanking them. We must remember them. I'm passionate about making sure my children are aware why they have their freedom.

"Last May, I ran a marathon along with 14 colleagues from JFC Brunssum to raise money for the Legion. I'd always wanted to do a full marathon having completed a half in 2012. Last January, I started looking seriously into doing one and decided that I wanted to organise a team event from Brunssum, which is when I found the Vise marathon in Belgium.

"Running the marathon is one of the most challenging things I've ever done, not just physically but mentally, too! My friend who also ran it kept asking whether I'd 'hit the wall' during training – I hadn't. But I definitely did come race day. I’m very determined and as we'd raised so much money for the Legion, I felt I had no choice but to cross that finish line!

We all started off well, steady paced, adrenaline flowing nicely ... until the head wind hit

"The Legion's work is fantastic and doesn't go unnoticed. Most Service personnel are familiar with its work – the support the Legion offers is second to none. That it also assists Forces families is hugely appreciated by all who've served."

Zoe's account of the marathon run can be read in the Aug-Oct 2014 issue of RAF Active. Visit www.raf.mod.uk/rafactive

Many thanks to Zoe and her teammates who raised just under £2000 for our work with the serving and ex-Service community. Find out more about how you can fundraise for the Legion here.

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