The lead doctor for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is appealing for people to take part in a half marathon in aid of the charity on 30th August 2015.
Doctor Matt Thomas knows the importance of fundraising to keep the helicopter flying, as he has first hand experience of the important work that the Critical Care Team does.
He is appealing for runners to take part in the Severn Bridge half marathon, a race that he completed last year.
The Severn Bridge half marathon is a new race, having been set up last year.
This year GWAAC is one of the chosen race charities, and we need as many people as possible to put on their running shoes for us.
Dr Thomas said: “Severn Bridge was my first half marathon for 10 years!
“I run regularly nearby and enjoy the view of the iconic bridge, it was great fun at the start being on the main carriageway.
“The route was varied and interesting scenery, I can’t quite call it fun as it did involve an incline or two.
“I am not the fastest but got round it supported by crowds all the way.
“I would thoroughly recommend it for anyone interested in a first half marathon or for experienced runners. See if you can beat my time of 2hr15mins! I’m sure most of you can.”
The event returns on Sunday August 30, after a successful first year in 2014.
Along with St David’s Hospice, GWAAC has been chosen as the official race charity.
Fundraising manager Emma Carter said: “The Severn Bridge Half Marathon promises to be an exciting event, and we are really pleased to be a part of it. This is a half marathon with a difference, allowing runners to experience the Severn Bridge on foot while raising money to keep our helicopter flying. I hope as many people as possible will take on this challenge and run for GWAAC!” The event starts on the Western (Chepstow) end of the Severn Bridge, and after the crossing takes the B4661 towards Thornbury (which will also be closed to traffic). It then follows a 5 mile loop along scenic country lanes from Elberton, through Littleton upon Severn and Kington, before arriving back on the B4661 to return to the bridge. The route will suit both first timers and experienced club runners – it provides something a bit different from your average ‘run-of-the-mill’ city half marathon: stunning views, sea air, scenic country lanes and villages and the opportunity to participate in a unique running event on a closed motorway and across the iconic Severn Bridge. GWAAC runners will join community fundraising coordinator Ella Mayne, who is taking part for the first time with her dad. To find out more information email Ella@gwaac.com or Nicole@gwaac.com.
About The Air Ambulance
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), was formed in 2008, and provides an air ambulance service for the counties of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. The GWAAC helicopter is based in Filton, just north of Bristol, and is part of the regional 999 emergency response service.
GWAAC has been providing an air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire for 7 years. Since upgrading to our new helicopter, the EC135, in October 2014 our costs have risen, and we now need to raise £2million a year to stay operational. Upgrading to the EC135 has meant that the advanced critical care service that operates in the region is now carried out in a helicopter that is compatible with the high standards of medical care and interventions that the team provide. The GWAAC critical care team consists of a highly trained and experienced Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor, who bring the skill and expertise of an Accident and Emergency Department to the patient. In 2014 the Critical Care Team attended 1,385 jobs. It is estimated one in five people who would otherwise die are saved by the actions of the GWAAC clinical team. On average, 20% of incidents that GWAAC attend involve providing emergency care and transfer for children and babies under the age of 16. For more information about GWAAC, and to donate, visit http://www.greatwesternairambulance.com/run-the-severn-bridge-half-marathon-for-gwaac/