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Red Arrows widow in charity run

The widow of a Red Arrows pilot killed in a display last month is set to take part in the Great North Run in his memory.

Dr Emma Egging will pound the pavements on Sunday wearing number four on her back in a poignant tribute to husband Jon Egging who flew as "Red 4".

Flt Lt Egging was killed when his plane came down near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset.

It promises to be an emotional day for Dr Egging, who has set up a trust in her husband's memory, as his colleagues will fly over the Tyne Bridge at the Great North Run in Newcastle in the "missing man" formation.

Dr Egging told the BBC: "It means an awful lot to be given a place in the Great North Run, to be able to be here and run it in Jon's memory. And also to see the Reds, to see them do the flypast at the beginning and the end."

She said it was a great opportunity to launch The Jon Egging Trust which will support youngsters and help them fulfil their potential.

Dr Egging, an academic at the British Museum, and her 33-year-old husband used to run together. She said: "It's going to be tough but I am up for the challenge and Jon would have wanted me to be's been tough, you know. But running was something we did together and enjoyed doing.

"It's something that's going to help me in the next few months time to come to go on and get the strength to work in Jon's name and to do everything he would have wanted us to do."

The widow said she was "bowled over" by well-wishers' support and will channel it as she and more than 50,000 others run the half marathon.

A full service inquiry was launched into the crash and is expected to last months.


From Belfast Telegraph