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Posted on Friday 4th October

Tomorrow – Saturday, 5 October – members of the legendary RAF 617 'Dambusters' Squadron will embark on a challenge to run 700 miles in 7 days in aid of the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, founded by Second World War hero Group Captain Leonard Cheshire.

The endurance challenge will be the Squadron's final UK action before heading to Afghanistan for a last tour of duty.

The 700-mile route will pass through landmarks in Dambusters history including the Derwent Dam in Derbyshire, starting from Le Court in Hampshire, and ending at RAF Lossiemouth, the current home of the squadron. The event will be a great opportunity for local people all over the country to come out, cheer on and sponsor the Dambusters as they pass through. Day-by-day route information can be found here.

Keen runners have the opportunity to run with the Dambusters as part of a relay team on one of the seven days. You can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DambustersRun.

For more information, to sponsor the event or individual runners, go to www.lcddisability.org/dambustersrun.

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The mission became popularly known as the Dambusters raid, and was immortalised in a 1954 war film. It was one of the most famous air operations of World War II.

Casualties for the raid were high. Eight of the original 19 Lancaster bombers were damaged or shot down, and of the 133 aircrew, 53 were killed and three captured.
On the ground, too, almost 1,300 people were killed, including 749 Ukrainian… Read more...

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