Spitfire 10K [2019]

A Spitfire 10K runner laughing with a volunteer.

The Spitfire 10K is an important annual event for the Museum at both our visitor sites (London and Cosford) and brings together 2000 runners and their supporters.  The Spitfire 10K is held to commemorate the Battle of Britain and all the men and women who defended Britain’s skies during the summer of 1940 and all our runners wear the name of a Battle of Britain pilot with their race number so that we may share further the story of those Royal Air Force personnel who served in this pivotal aerial campaign with a new generation.

A huge amount of planning and preparation is needed for both runs. They also require a lot of support and a large proportion of this support comes from volunteers. At both Spitfire 10K runs volunteers are pivotal in their roles as race marshals; they keep runners on track, watch out for anything that might interfere with runner’s safety and just as important, encourage them to continue.  At the Cosford Spitfire 10K, volunteers also handed out medals once runners had moved past the finishing line.

Here are some quotes from volunteers about the event;

“I had never marshalled before and found the day a heart-warming and great experience and I really enjoyed it. The runners were happy and appreciative. I was amazed with the number of ‘thank you marshal’ I heard from runners. I am so tempted to run this race next year!” – Mojgan

“As a volunteer, I was in the field, cheering and guiding the runners. I enjoyed both the laps of run. The runners were very friendly; offering them a High 5’s gave them energy. Overall its planned and executed well. I am looking forward to volunteer in RAF again.” – Kanthimathi

“Enjoyed by all runners (just give them a few days to recover!) Runners/walkers could still raise a smile, even when exhausted at the end. Really well organised – simple, but really well done.” – Caeser

Spitfire 10K was a sell-out event for two years in a row. If you would like to run or volunteer in next year’s run (2020) stay updated through the Museums Facebook (London and Cosford Sites) and Twitter pages @RAFMUSEUM . Alternatively, sign up to our mailing list to find out about other exciting volunteer roles available at the RAF Museum.