Fitness marathon in memory of RAF sergeant who fought breast cancer

Finlay Gym staff at RAF Halton on fundraiser in memory of Sgt Lynsey Miller for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
Finlay Gym staff at RAF Halton on fundraiser in memory of Sgt Lynsey Miller for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

A 24-hour marathon of activities at RAF Halton has raised funds for a cancer charity, in memory of Sgt Lynsey Miller who died in January after a short battle with breast cancer.

Physical training instructors and members of the RAF Ladies Football Team took part in the gruelling physical challenge to honour Sgt Miller, who was secretary team. The event raised more than £600 for the Pink Ribbon Foundation, at the request of Lynsey’s family.

Finlay Gym staff on a 24hr charity event in honour of Sgt Lynsey Miller for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Finlay Gym staff on a 24hr charity event in honour of Sgt Lynsey Miller for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

The challenge took place at the Finlay Gym where participants completed 24, 15- minute workouts, on the hour, every hour. The events were planned by a mixture of Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) staff and recruits, and started at noon on Thursday, March 24, running until noon the following day.

Cpl Zara McIntosh, who played football with Lynsey said: “After several seasons playing football with Lynsey aka ‘Big Bird’, I’m sure she would be more inclined to drink a pint of beer on the hour, every hour for 24 hours, rather than be in the gym! It was however a great opportunity to raise money for a very worthy cause.”

The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.

Cpl Ryan Hepworth said: “All the sessions were tough and on their own would ordinarily be a good workout for the day, but to do one every hour was horrendous. The sessions in the night were particularly hard with little, if any sleep, so trying to complete the simplest of exercises was a challenge. Running hill reps at midnight in the pouring down rain stands out as one of the worst sessions!”

Finlay Gym staff on a 24hr charity event  in honour of Sgt Lynsey Miller for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Finlay Gym staff on a 24hr charity event in honour of Sgt Lynsey Miller for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

In total, ten participants took part in the event, and completed thousands of repetitions, including over 5,000 burpees, 10,000 squats, and 5,000 press ups.