On Sunday 19th February, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron won the South & East Midlands Wing Cross Country competition by for the second consecutive year. They also walked away with 5 out of the 6 trophies that were up for grabs.
Despite freezing cold temperatures and muddy running conditions, the Cadets who represented Derby Squadron performed extremely well in all age categories, with most cadets in the team finishing in the top 20. They eventually won the overall competition but in addition, took possession of the Junior Girls, Junior Women, Boys and Junior Men’s trophies. Derby were a class above the rest in some areas with the Boys winning by 17 points and the Junior Men winning by 29 points.
For 126 Squadron, their success in the cross country competition is put down to hard training, led by Cadet Flight Sergeant Ross Keeling. Flight Sergeant Keeling has spent many weeks training the team for the 3 mile course and his efforts paid off on the day. Flight Sergeant Keeling said, “All of the cadets in our team trained hard for the competition. There were some excellent runners from other squadrons but we managed to dig deep and pull off an impressive win.”
Notable achievements by individual Cadets included Flight Sergeant Keeling himself who came first in the Junior Men category and Cadet Veleska Wills who came first in the Junior Women category. Several other cadets from 126 Squadron will join Flight Sergeant Keeling and Cdt Wills to represent South and East Midlands Wing at the Regional competition.
Sergeant Elodie Marsh (ATC), Sports Officer at 126 Squadron said, “I’m very proud of my team. We have some outstanding athletes who put 100% in to the competition. The results this year are our best ever and hopefully put us on the right track to perform well at the Athletics competition in May.”