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Team LB Win Inspired Gold!

2014-01-23 22:32:03
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By Flt Lt G G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron

Longbenton Air Cadets have won the Durham Northumberland Cross Country Championships for the third consecutive year!

The youngsters, aged 13 - 19, competed across five age categories, with their Under 17 Men winning bronze and Junior Men winning gold. Overall, Team LB won gold after a gruelling performance in wet, muddy conditions at the Rising Sun Country Park, Benton.

Cadet Sergeant Zack Wylie, 17, of Longbenton, won gold in the Junior Men’s. “It was a hard race with some of the tracks a bit tricky to negotiate but we all did our best and we’re happy to have won.” “One of my targets was to win this event so I’m delighted to have won when the team has won overall.”

We reported in the summer how Zack had found his running talent after joining the Air Cadets and how the Longbenton Squadron was benefiting from North Tyneside Council and Sport England grant as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Programme.

Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said; "Our Sports Development Programme is part of our integrated Training and Development Plan, which allows our young people to gain internationally recognised qualifications, and it lends itself to promoting a healthy lifestyle. Through the funding and programme delivered, we have a very active group of young people who have a positive mentality, so to see the Team win for a third year running is a huge achievement and a testament to the efforts of the youngsters and our adult volunteers.”

The squadron won the 2.5 mile competition for the first time in its history in 2012 and has retained the trophy since.  

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