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Trust set up after death of Morcott Red Arrows pilot marks 10th anniversary with epic challenge




The wife of a Red Arrows pilot from Morcott who died in an airshow accident 10 years ago is to embark on an epic series of challenges.

Dr Emma Egging is to undergo 10 tests to mark the 10th anniversary of the Jon Egging Trust, the youth charity she founded after the death of her husband, Flt Lt Jon Egging, at the Bournemouth Air Show in 2011.

Her challenges begin with the 33-mile Grantham Canal ultramarathon on Saturday, April 17 and end with the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday, October 3.

Dr Emma Egging (second right) and members of the JET team at the Great North Run 2017, as the Red Arrows fly overhead
Dr Emma Egging (second right) and members of the JET team at the Great North Run 2017, as the Red Arrows fly overhead

The charity is also launching the JET10 Virtual Relay, and wants teams of 10 from across the UK to jog, run or walk 10x10km to raise funds. It takes place on July 10.

JET has supported more than 30,000 young people and wants to raise £100,000 so they can help 1m youngsters by 2031.

"At JET, we work with young people who are at risk of falling out of full-time education because of the life challenges they face,” said Emma.

Flt Lt Jon Egging died in an accident at the Bournemouth Airshow in 2011. Photo: Cpl Graham Taylor (RAF)
Flt Lt Jon Egging died in an accident at the Bournemouth Airshow in 2011. Photo: Cpl Graham Taylor (RAF)

“Our ethos is all about building confidence to overcome adversity and get back on track. That’s exactly what I’m doing, too; taking on events which will be a huge personal challenge to me, and overcoming fears – which include open water swimming – to show anything is possible with support and determination."

To donate, visit www.joneggingtrust.org.uk/donate or to sign up to the relay, go to www.JET10.joneggingtrust.org.uk

Emma's epic 10 in full -

Grantham Canal 33-mile ultramarathon (April 17); 5km - beating personal PB of 22 mins (May); Tadpole Round – fell run and open water swim (June); JET 10 virtual relay (July 10); Cave rescue with Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (Aug); Triathlon (Aug); Orienteering and wild camping challenge (Aug 5 and 6); Great North Run (Sept 12); JET Ride – 100-mile cycle (Sept 26); Virtual London Marathon (Oct 3)



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