Female Army Veterans run for their Centenary

The Women’s Royal Army Corps Association will be celebrating their centenary year and taking part in this year’s Asda Foundation York 10K. 

On Sunday 4th August, 142 Female Army Veterans will be taking to the route, as well as bringing along over 50 supporters to celebrate the brilliant work the association has done throughout its 100 years of service. Several runners will also be returning to the city of York where they were stationed during their service. 

Their centenary year is to celebrate the Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps (QMAAC) Old Comrades Association which was formed in 1919. This would later evolve into today’s WRAC Association. 

Following the end of the QMAAC, 57,000 women had served with the Corps, both at home and in France and won three Military Medals for gallantry. As part of the mobilisation of the whole country this milestone, in the push for equal rights, formed the basis for women’s service in the British Army to this day. 

Wendy Hooton WRAC Veteran and Fundraiser said “Our team the WRAC LIONESSES are delighted to be in York for our annual 10k run in our association centenary year. We had 60 runners at the ASDA Foundation Hull 10k in 2017 where we had the pleasure to meet Mike Tomlinson, husband of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE. This year is the largest amount of entrants we have had for our Annual 10k fundraising event. The plea was for 100 Women for 100 Years each raising a minimum of £100. I have been overwhelmed with the response. 

This year we are fundraising for a WRAC statue to be placed in our WRAC Association Plot at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. It is to commemorate all women who served in the Women’s Royal Army Corps, some paying the ultimate sacrifice.” 

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, said: “It’s great to see so many of the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association will be coming along to the York 10K and we’re thrilled to be a part of their centenary celebrations. We hope everyone has a brilliant day and we can’t wait to cheer them across the finish line!” 

The Women’s Royal Army Corps Association (WRAC) represents women who served in the British Army from 1917 through to 1992. The Association provides comradeship to female Army veterans and provides means tested benevolence grants to those in need. 

The WRAC LIONESSES fundraising page can be found at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/wraclionesses100 

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