Lincoln mum battles through pain barrier for RAF charity

A courageous Lincoln mum and part-time model is part way through a gruelling 500 reps every day for 200 days charity challenge after previously battling through the pain barrier during a triple-marathon.

Sophie Bole, 23, said there will be “blood, sweat and tears” as she attempts the challenge, including squats, barbell work, dumbbells and more. The challenge started on August 23, 2019 and will continue up until March 9, 2020.

As previously reported, Sophie, whose husband works in the RAF, is still recovering from rupturing three discs in her spine last year but she didn’t let that stop her from completing 100 miles in 49 days. She did that challenge in memory of Red Arrows engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, who died in a crash at RAF Valley on March 20, 2018.

The mum of two, who had a baby son earlier this year, was cheered on as she returned to RAF Scampton at the end of the final leg by pilots and support staff to the Red Arrows.

Sophie, who now lives at RAF Waddington, remains determined and wouldn’t let anything stand in her way as she started another charity fundraiser this summer – the 100,000 Rep Challenge.

Sophie started her 100,000 Rep Challenge in August 2019. Photo: Sparx Photography

She set up a Just Giving page that has already raised over £1,000 of the £4,000 target for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which is in its 100th anniversary year – click here to make a donation.

Sophie is raising money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Photo: Sparx Photography

Sophie, accompanied by photographer Shaun Parkes of Sparx Photography, recently spent the morning at RAF Coningsby with the Typhoon Display Team and 29 Sqn. She even convinced one person to sign up for a marathon as he was so moved by her commitment.

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