Sgt Stoner Takes on the Nijmegen March
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By Sgt Ben Stoner - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
On the 11th of July myself and 10 others from South and West Yorkshire Wing set off to the Nijmegen marches in Holland.
After an 18 hour journey we finally arrived at the military base of Kamp Heumensoord. On the first day of being there we got to have a look around the camp which didn’t seem like much at first, but it turned out to be a really good place to stay. Before we started the march we got to spend some time looking around the town of Nijmegen. In addition we got to go and visit the airborne museum in Oosterbeek, at the Hotel Hartenstein.
The first day of the march finally arrived on Tuesday the 15th, we were all pumped up and ready to go! The marching was an amazing experience, we walked an average of 25 miles per day. Whilst walking through all the different towns we were greeted by people outside of their houses offering all the walkers sweets and drinks while playing their music which we all found ourselves dancing too.
The most challenging part of it all was on the final day when we recrived our medals and had to complete the last 3 miles as a British military contingent which consisted of the ATC, ACF, RAF and the British Army.
Completing the march was one the biggest reliefs and achievement of my cadet career. I am proud of the whole team for getting each other through the march and becoming a great team!
Well done everyone!
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