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Pilot Elvis completes mammoth 30-mile dash

Wiltshire Air Ambulance pilot Elvis Costello has completed a mammoth 30-mile dash to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

Costello, who turns 50 this year, braved the weekend heat to run laps of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance airbase in Semington, totting up an incredible 30 miles.

It was all geared towards recognising Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s 30th anniversary and raising funds for the lifesaving service.

He was supported on the run by several of his colleagues, including critical care paramedics Sophie Holt, Dan Tucker and Ben Abbott, plus volunteer doctor Reuben Cooper, who ran shifts alongside the pilot.

Costello said: “I started at 7am so for the first 20 miles it wasn’t too hot, but it was certainly warm towards the end. The ground was very hard as well, which made it difficult on my feet.

“I was very grateful for the support of my colleagues, who were crucial in helping me when it was becoming tough. Sophie and Ben spent time running alongside me, while Doctor Reuben ran with me, then cycled for 30 miles before returning to run the final two miles with me

“I’m so pleased with how everything went and I can’t thank everyone enough for donating to our important cause.”

The pilot had been running each day in the lead up to the 30-mile run.

He also roped in his son Reuben for support, with the youngster bouncing 30 times on a trampoline. He even managed to get 30 of his neighbours to engage in a star jump challenge – all at a safe social distance down the street.

At the airbase other pilots and paramedics have been getting in on the act with ‘30’ themed activities, including:

- Paramedic Sophie Holt engaged in exercise for 30 days in May, including running, swimming and cycling
- Paramedic Lou Cox completed 30 laps of the helipad on a unicycle
- Paramedic Craig Wilkins managed 30 laps carrying a 36lb primary bag
- Pilot Nicky Smith and Paramedic Emma Thompson managed a 3.0 minute plank
- Paramedic Paul Rock took on a 30-mile bike ride, and then took his daughters on a 30-minute cycle
- Paramedic Adam Khan joined Lou Cox for 3.0 minutes of juggling
- Ground operations manager Rich Miller rode for 30 laps of the helipad on a bike with a flat tyre
- Pilot Nicky Smith completed a 30 mile cycle ride
- Paramedic Ben Abbott ran 3 miles every day in May
- Pilot Rob Backus cycled 30 hours in May

It was all geared towards raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The charity needs to generate £3.75 million each year to continue saving lives.

To donate to Elvis’ JustGiving page, click here

Critical Care Paramedics Ben Abbott (left) and Sophie Holt (right) join Elvis.

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