Battle of Britain plane is half marathon highlight

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The sky’s the limit for a fundraising village in Derbyshire.

As runners line up for this weekend’s Eyam Half Marathon – one of the toughest road races in the country – their efforts will be honoured with a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s C-47 Dakota.

The historic transport aircraft, which served in Canada during World War II and was subsequently deployed to Europe, will fly over Eyam on Sunday at 11am.

To mark the Royal British Legion’s 90th year, the race organizers nominated the Legion Poppy Appeal as one of its main charities.

Eyam Half Marathon committee chairman Steve Brown said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Memorial Flight agreed to provide a flypast. It is a real honour.

“I know once runners, marshals, spectators and villagers hear that iconic sound all eyes will be to the skies to see that amazing aircraft as it flies over Eyam.

“It should be a memorable sight.”

The event has been running 17 years and has raised more than £100,000 for cancer charities and other community organisations.

It will be started by 89-year-old villager Doug Nash who served in the Far East, North Africa and Europe during World War II.

Well over 400 runners are expected to descend on the Peak District village for race, which climbs more than 1,200 ft.

A 1.3-mile fun run is also being held.

All those who successfully complete the course receiving a certificate signed by round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Cafferi.

Steve said: “Each year so many people give their time to make this event happen, as well as supporting us in a range of other fundraising events.

“The generosity and support of the people of Eyam and the surrounding villages never ceases to amaze me and is what helps to make this event so special.”