Wybot Wins National Gold!
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By Flt Lt G G Richardson - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
With a stunning exhibition of pace, judgement and courage, fit for the Commonwealth Games, Longbenton Air Cadet, Zack Wylie, won Gold in the Air Cadet’s National Athletics Championships. Wylie ran a personal best of 4mins 36 secs in the Junior Men 1500m to take gold after winning silver in the 800m event.
The Championships, held at RAF Cosford, Shropshire, saw Wylie complete against the UK’s top air cadet athletes. Wylie is the first National Champion at the Longbenton Squadron since records began and has secured a place on the England Athletics Team.
“It was very hot conditions with very little breeze and I struggled with that in the 800m, but it was the same for all the athletes,” said the 18 year old from Longbenton. “I was disappointed that I didn’t win the 800m and hated the feeling of losing so I went out determined to win the 1500m,” he added.
“Zack comfortably won his race with a mature display and kicked in the final straight with ferocious tenacity” said Sports Officer, Pilot Officer David Anderson. “It was amazing to watch and to have a national champion amongst our ranks is a great morale boost and I hope that Zack enjoys the kind of career that he dreams of – we’ve already nicknamed him ‘Wybot’!”
Wylie added; “It’s unbelievable to think that I’m the fastest 1500m runner in the Air Cadets. I’ve won two national medals and am the first Longbenton cadet to win Gold at the Championships so I’m really happy.”
Wylie wasn’t the only runner from the Longbenton Squadron competing. 14 year-old Adam Corbett, of Killingworth, competed in the U 15 Boys 1500m; just missing out on a Bronze medal. “It was a good race and I really enjoyed it but I’m gutted I missed out on a medal as I grafted out there; there’s always next time though, and hopefully I can win Gold like Wylie,” said Corbett.
“Adam did a great job, and was the youngest out on the track; we’re all very proud of him, especially as he congratulated all the other runners despite being disappointed,” said David. “To have two athletes at the National Championships is an amazing achievement,” he added.
Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members aged 13 – 18. If you’re up for a challenge then visit squadron at www.2344.org.uk.