Photo: Gary Wareham
A Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedic will be swapping his stethoscope for a pair of running shoes as he takes on his first-ever London 10k this Sunday (July 13th).
Gary Wareham, from Chatham, will be among a team of 29 runners raising funds for the life-saving charity helicopter which relies almost entirely on donations.
As a former Royal Air Force airman, the father-of-three is particularly looking forward to this year’s historic route to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Gary, 54, will be cheered on by his family, friends and colleagues as he pounds the streets of the capital past the new WW2 Bomber Command Memorial and The Cenotaph.
He said: “I’ve never run this far in my life but I’m happy with the training I’ve done and I feel ready for it. I’ve always done quite a lot of exercise but the most I’ve run before is about three miles.
“I’ve been running about three to four times a week over varying distances and there’s lots of hills where I live which has been good for training.”
Gary will also be joined in the London 10k by colleagues Dr Hania Glinska, Paramedic Sloane Phillips and Collection Box Co-Ordinator Lauren Elphick.
He joined Kent Air Ambulance in 1996 when the helicopter was based at Rochester Airport and has since flown as a Paramedic, Team Leader and Clinical Manager.
Although he still flies occasionally, he is now an Operational Support Manager and was instrumental in the launch of the charity’s blood transfusion service in February, 2013.
Four years ago, Gary trekked to the Everest Base Camp and in 2012, he was among 36 intrepid explorers who climbed Mount Snowdon and raised £13,500 for the air ambulance.
If you would like to sponsor Gary go to www.justgiving.com/Gary-Wareham1 where he has so far raised £154 of his £250 target.
To enter next year’s event call Community Fundraising Officer Michelle Woodland on 01622 833823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org