Fiona makes ‘slog’ history

FORTY-SEVEN RAF and seven civilian competitors took part in the recent 24th Boston Slog.

And history was made when Flying Officer Fiona Taylor (Officer Commanding Survival Equipment Flight) became the first woman to win the ‘Iron Man’ challenge.

Entrants for the event included personnel from RAF stations Coningsby, Cottesmore, Marham, Waddington and Wittering

For the past 24 years RAF Coningsby-based Logistics Squadron Charity Committee (LSCC) has organised a road race affectionately known as The Boston Slog.

Senior Aircraftman Anthony Robinson (Aviation Fuels) completed the ‘Fun Run’ in 1hr 27min 22sec, the fastest time ever recorded since the event began in 1987.

For Chris O’Rourke (BAE) this is the seventh year he has competed and the sixth time he has won the challenge.

Because Chris is a national level cyclist, his colleagues encouraged him to cycle the 75 miles return journey between home and work on the same day of the Boston Slog!

Competitors are invited to participate and encouraged to raise funds by individual sponsorship for Cancer Research UK (CR UK) and The British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The total amount from this year’s event is expected to be in excess of £1,000.


The Boston Slog consists of four events running simultaneously:

l Iron Man (28-mile cycle from RAF Coningsby to Boston and back).

Winner: Flying Officer Fiona Taylor (RAF Coningsby) – 2hr 26min 18sec.

l Cycleman (28-mile cycle from RAF Coningsby to Boston and back).

Winner: Chris O’Rourke (BAE) – 1hr 17min 52sec.

l Cycle (14-mile cycle from Boston to RAF Coningsby).

Winner: Leading Aircraftman Thomas (RAF Marham) – 55min 14sec.

l Fun Run (14-mile jog from Boston to RAF Coningsby).

Winner: Senior Aircraftman Anthony Robinson (RAF Coningsby) – 1hr 27min 22sec.