Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
9 April 2013

Anna's incredible London Marathon challenge

Anna, RAF and Olympic physiotherapist, has set herself a big challenge when she runs the London Marathon for SSAFA this month.


Anna, RAF and Olympic physiotherapist, has set herself a big challenge when she runs the London Marathon for SSAFA

While most people have been sheltering from the unseasonable cold conditions in the UK, RAF and Olympic physiotherapist, Anna Dowling, who is based at RAF Cosford, has been doing anything but. She’s been getting out and about, lacing up her trainers and notching up the miles as she trains for this year’s Virgin London Marathon.

Anna Dowling, 27, hopes to complete the full distance in just three hours and 45 minutes and raise £16,000 for SSAFA.

Anna said: “I enjoy setting myself challenges and this has been a challenge I have always wanted to complete. In terms of staying motivated with training it’s great to have a goal to work towards, and hopefully very rewarding if you are successful.

“Knowing that all the money will also be going to such a worthwhile cause, also means that I want to train as hard as possible and raise as much as I can. The work which SSAFA does is truly life altering and it will be a great feeling to know that I have contributed to that.”

Anna, who joined the RAF 18 months ago, has had an active career already, working at the London 2012 Olympics, acting as the lead physio for the men’s senior rugby team and even going on tour with them to Dubai.

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