Mission Accomplished as marathon airman raises almost £7.5k

Jon Nixon – mission accomplished! (pic: RAFBF)

He was moving somewhat slower than he does in his day job – but for Jon Nixon his latest mission took many months of preparation and almost five hours of sweat and pain.

Wing Commander Jon Nixon was also ‘flying’ at zero height in London on Sunday – as the officer commanding XV(R) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth was taking part in the London Marathon.

Jon’s mission to raise as much as possible for the RAF Benevolent Fund to mark the 100th anniversary year of his squadron was a typically successful one, as his tireless efforts paid off. By the time he crossed the line he had raised almost £7,500, half the fundraising target of £15,000 his squadron has set to achieve this year.

Wing Commander Nixon crossed the line in under five hours with the exact timing remaining at secret for now as part of his fundraising including a ‘guess the time’ competition.

After proudly monitoring Jon’s progress from her home in Moray, RAFBF Lossiemouth organiser Karen Cox said: “We are very proud of Jon on completing his first marathon and raising so much money for the RAF Benevolent.

“As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, they need to raise over £21million each year to support the RAF family, including veterans from WW2 to present day conflict.

“The Fund receives no government funding, so fundraising efforts like this are vital to enable them to continue with their work.”

Readers can learn more about Jon’s efforts and give them a boost by visiting his Just Giving Page online.