Spitfire supports marathon runner

Posted: 23 March 2011

Blog category: News, Sport, Spitfire

Spitfire ale is sponsoring a Royal Air Force officer to run the London Marathon – dressed as the world famous World War Two fighter.
Spitfire, brewed by Shepherd Neame, has sponsored Squadron Leader Dean Holder, who is raising money for the charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Dean, 41, is based at Brize Norton, the largest station in the RAF. He will be taking on the challenge of the London Marathon on 17 April sporting his Spitfire costume, which has been specially designed for the race.
Half of the money raised will go to his local Leonard Cheshire Disability service, John Masefield House, a care home in Oxfordshire.

Dean said: “I knew I was never going to win this race, so I thought – what could I do that’s a bit different? And that’s when I thought of dressing up as a Spitfire.

“As well as the aircraft, Spitfire has long been one of my favourite beers. After a particularly tough training session the odd pint has helped me get back on my feet and put a smile on my face.”

According to Dean, he chose to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability because the charity’s work with disabled people is close to his heart.

He said: “I have previously worked at Headley Court with military personnel who have suffered injury and this helped me to gain an understanding of the impact of empowering people to overcome personal challenges. The work that Leonard Cheshire Disability does to help people fulfil their potential struck a chord with me.”

Leonard Cheshire Disability also has a historical connection to the RAF. Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, the charity’s founder, was a British pilot during the Second World War and was awarded his country’s highest military honour, the Victoria Cross.

To sponsor Dean, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Dean Holder.
To be updated on his progress, visit www.facebook.com/spitfireale