London Marathon runners set to conquer air, land and sea for JET

London Marathon runners set to conquer air, land and sea for JET

This Sunday, four runners – including our CEO, Dr. Emma Egging – will be conquering air, land and sea as they take on the Virtual London Marathon in aid of JET.

The air component comes in the form of Sqn Ldr Chris Newcombe, a keen runner and Senior Engineering Officer of the Red Arrows. Chris is currently deployed with the Reds in Dubai where the team is displaying in support of Expo 2020, and will be tackling 40-degree heat on Sunday as he slots in 26 miles between his engineering shifts.

“Having run the London Marathon before I’m looking forward to the challenge of doing the virtual event for JET,” says Chris. “The temperature is going to be an issue, so my plan is to run through the night to avoid the searing heat of the day and drag in some of my Red Arrows teammates to join me on parts of the challenge. It’s a huge privilege to be supporting Emma in her JET10 challenge and all that JET does to inspire young people.”

Back on dry land in the UK, Dr Emma Egging is taking on her own marathon challenge around Rutland Water near Stamford with NHS nurse practitioner Katie Poulter. Fresh from her gruelling 100mile cycle at JETRide at the weekend, Emma will be digging deep to complete the marathon as her eighth of ten JET10 challenges this year.

“Completing the 100mile JETRide cycle on Sunday supported by so many fantastic riders was a real highlight of our 10th anniversary year, but I am going to have to dig even deeper this weekend,” says Emma. “ I have taken on ten challenges this year which push me to my limits physically and mentally in order to shine a light on the work that we do supporting young people who are struggling with confidence and self-belief. We encourage our students to step out of their comfort zones, push themselves to try something different, and in doing so develop vital life skills which allow them to re-engage with school and achieve bright futures. Fundraising support for our programmes is vital, and any donation you can make will help keep me going and will also go a long way to supporting us to reach out to as many young people as possible.”

Meanwhile, out at sea aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently deployed on as part of Carrier Strike Group, Nathan Stockdale is taking on his own virtual marathon by running laps of the deck; a hugely inspiring endeavour in what is surely one of the most unusual Virtual London Marathon locations this year!

To get behind our fantastic runners, and to donate to JET, please visit the individual fundraising pages on our website below:

To support Chris:  

To support Emma and Katie: 

To support Nathan: