On Sunday 20th February, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron won the South & East Midlands Wing Cross Country competition by a clear margin. They also walked away with 5 out of the 6 trophies that were up for grabs.
Despite 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, Youths and Junior Men’s trophies.
For 126 Squadron, their success in the cross country competition is put down to hard training, led by Cadet Sergeant Ross Keeling. Sgt Keeling devised a rigorous training plan that lasted 6 weeks. Cadets took part in fitness training, bleep tests and regular training runs to prepare for the competition. Sgt Keeling said, “All of the cadets in our team trained hard for the competition. They were committed to the training plan and everyone’s fitness levels have improved as a result.”
Notable achievements by individual Cadets included Sgt Keeling himself who won the Junior Men category and Cadet Minall who came second in the Junior Girls category. Several other cadets from 126 Squadron will join Sgt Keeling and Cdt Minall to represent South and East Midlands Wing at the Regional competition in March.
Flying Officer Jackie Glover, Sports Officer at 126 Squadron said, “We lost the cross country competition last year for the first time in six years. So, in true 126 Squadron style, we came back fighting. The cadets were motivated to win the competition and their hard work and training paid off on the day. I am very proud of them all.”