Marathon man Corporal Jon Ward has completed his 100th official marathon in Gravesend, Kent, to mark the Royal Air Force centenary and support the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund…
Since his challenge began, Jon, who is based at RAF Lossiemouth, has gone through seven pairs of trainers, racked up more than 374 hours of race running in 18 different countries and shaved more than two hours off his finish time.
Jon’s first ever marathon was in London back in 2007, completing it in four hours 56 minutes but since then he’s achieved a personal best of two hours 59 minutes.
It was in 2016 though, when Jon had 10 marathons under his belt and had well and truly caught the runners bug, that he set his sights on a challenge far greater; to join the exclusive 100 marathon club.
So to pay homage to his career in the RAF, his aim was to complete 100 official marathons, with his last-ever race falling on the 1st April, a 100 years to the day that the RAF was formed.
Jon has juggled his century challenge around his busy schedule as a Logistics Mover and admits he’s made sacrifices along the way, running an impressive 53 races in 2017 alone.