Instead of relaxing this summer holidays, one student trained for and completed a charitable challenge.

Charlie Howard, 17 years old, from Westbury, is studying A Level Biology and Music and Level 3 BTEC Sport, and is hoping to join the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor once he has completed his education.


Charlie Howard running for charity

In August, inspired by the 100 year anniversary of the RAF’s formation, Charlie took on the Trans Pennine Trail for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The charity helps both serving and retired RAF personnel living with financial, mental and/or physical difficulties. He tackled 100 kilometres of the Liverpool to Manchester track in just over 14 hours.

Charlie trained for eight months for this gruelling challenge, including the Shrewsbury half marathon. However, he wasn’t a stranger to physical activity beforehand as he was involved in cycling, swimming and kayaking.

Charlie said: “I chose this charity because I am a strong supporter of the RAFs role in our country’s development and protection over the past 100 years. Becoming a Physical Training Instructor with the RAF means that I can pass on my enthusiasm for sport and fitness to other people. There are also amazing travel opportunities within the RAF.

“Shrewsbury Colleges Group has a good sense of community and is a place where different opinions are respected – this will set me in good stead for life after college. Now I think I’ll have a rest from running before I get back into it again.”

Over £800 has been raised so far, 80% of the £1000 target. To sponsor Charlie or for more information visit:

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