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Monday, 13 January 2014

Cross Country Success for 1224

 by Cadet Flight Sergeant Chris Cavaliere
On Sunday 12th of January fourteen cadets from 1224 Wharfedale did themselves proud. The Central and East Yorkshire Cross Country championship was held at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. It was a frosty morning; the cadets had little motivation to go off other than the promise of a McDonalds on the return journey. Cadets being cadets this was more than enough to boost their self-esteem for the races to come.

Overall the Wing was well represented with most squadrons having cadets competing on their behalves.  Of the five races that ran throughout the morning 1224 Squadron had cadets competing in each. The route itself was approximately three miles of mixed terrain, grass, concrete and marshland. Although the route itself was not so challenging, the calibre of the cadets running was very high making the races all the more intense, and intense it was.

At the end of the five races the awards ceremony took place; presenting the awards was Officer Commanding Central & East Yorkshire Wing, Wing Commander Wiggins. Many well deserved medals were given out to the cadets for placing in the top three of each race. From 1224 (Wharfedale) Cadet Jemima Spence was awarded a silver medal for positioning second in the Under Fifteen Girls category; as well as the medal Jemima received a letter inviting her to represent the Wing in the North Region Cross County Championship, an achievement to be proud of. After the medals were received the trophies for the overall category winners were presented. Of the six trophies on offer, the Wharfedale cadets were awarded with four! Included in the four trophies was the Overall Winners trophy. These trophies were awarded as a result of all the cadets’ hard work. No single cadet won the awards, it was a joint effort and one every cadet who attended should be proud of.