Red Arrows

The Medicine Ball Challenge

The Red Arrows take on the Medicine Ball Challenge

The Red Arrows have taken on the Medicine Ball Challenge, devised to represent the burden of mental health problems, in the build up to the Eastbourne International Airshow (17-20 August).

On Monday 14 August (the week of the airshow), both the Red Arrows’ Officer Commanding, Wing Commander Adam Collins, and Senior Engineering Officer, Squadron Leader Chris Phipps, will officially take up their respective medicine balls, aptly and competitively named the ‘red’ and ‘blue’ balls.

The challenge involves cuffing a 3kg Medicine Ball to their wrists for 7 days. It may not sound that heavy but being tied to the medicine ball continuously for 7 days is a significant burden. The ball becomes a physical, visual and tangible representation of the invisible burden of mental health so many of us can experience.

Their  challenge will culminate at the Eastbourne Airshow, where Red 10 (Squadron Leader Graeme Muscat) will be talking about the challenge in the team’s display commentary. Both Wg Cdr Collins and Sqn Ldr Phipps will be present at the military village with our medicine ball in tow on one of the show’s four days, before concluding on the final day with an official ‘uncuffing’ and handover.

One in four adults experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do. Talking openly about we feel can help.

The challenge raises money for the following charities. Any support you can offer will be gratefully received and split evenly between the causes.

Combat Stress

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Thank you to our Sponsors


Alexandra Phipps

Well done Chris and the team! Great cause and fab that you’re raising both money and awareness. Good luck from us both xxx


John & Frances

Nice one, Chris. Well done 🙂


Professor David Stalley

Great cause. Good luck all.


Jeremy & Jane Collins



Fiona Mcdonald

Good luck!


Coco And Oscar

You can do this Daddy!


Ian Megevand

Ex RAF, mental health sufferer, current supporter of mental health charities Well done to you and SENGO


David Wilding

A very worthwhile cause - good luck Sir


Candi Allen

Brilliant - well done Chris xx





Wonderful to have your support!


Abbie Riley

Amazing effort everyone! Well done 👏🏻


Andy Davies

Good luck Chris, a worthy cause.


Loz Harris

Good luck Cos. I’ve got your back (will always support you).


Doug Smith


Doug Smith


Tracy Sackree

Good luck to you and the family!



Well done to you all for highlighting the issue of mental health just because we can't see it we under estimate the pain and suffering they go through good luck


Rory Young

A worthy cause sir.


Thomas Gavin

Good luck Chris!


Alannah Slater

Good Luck. Thank you for doing this





Go team Blue 💙



Go team Red ❤

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