Scarborough Air Cadets to Represent Wing in Cross Country and Lee's Trophy
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By Flt Lt Steven Lewis RAFVRT - 739 (Scarborough) Squadron
Cadet from 739 Scarborough Squadron, Air Training Corps recently attended an Inter Squadron Cross Country event at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
9 cadets from the Squadron competed over a 3 mile course at the base of a frosty morning in January. All the cadets finished the course and came overall joint second place.
Three cadets (Nisbet, Colling and Macaleese) who placed high amongst the finishers will now go on to represent the Wing in February in the Regional Competition earning a blazer badge known as a “Wing Blue”.
If successful at that event they will then go on to represent North Region in the Corps finals.
Flight Lieutenant Steven Lewis; Officer Commanding said “Year on year our cadets are producing better results in all the sports the Corps offers; and being open to all age groups within the organisation everyone who wishes to can have a chance to excel in their chosen sport and go on as far as the national level. As far back as I can remember this is the best we have achieved thus far in this event and I am extremely proud of each of them and thank them for entering.”
The Corps engages in 7 different sporting areas – Football, Netball, Rugby, Hockey, Cross Country, Swimming and Athletics and ongoing training is offered for those trying out for Wing teams in the first four sports throughout the year at the excellent facilities provided by RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
The results were only the start in a brilliant week of success for the Squadron when for the second year running the Wing Commander of Central & East Yorkshire Wing has again nominated us for the Sir Alan Lee’s Trophy which is awarded annually to the best Air Training Corps squadron in the country.
Flt Lt Lewis said “To be nominated two years in a row of being one of the top 34 squadrons in the corps is fantastic – this places our cadets within the top 3.5% of all 45,000 air cadets nationally. To be associated with such fine young men and women is indeed a great honour and testament to their character and commitment. We now have a lot of work to prepare for the Regional Commandant’s visit and do the best we can to gain his nomination.”
Success at this stage would mean a visit later in the year from Commandant Air Cadets; Air Commodore Dawn McAfferty as one of the country’s top six squadrons.
For more information please visit the Squadron website