For the second year in a row Air Cadets and Staff from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron have taken part in the International Waendel Walk. There are many different distances and routes available to the walkers all of which start in Wellingborough. 209 opted for the 15km route which after leaving Wellingborough follows the route of the River Nene before climbing the thankfully gentle rise up to Great Doddington.
The weather was perfect walking weather with bright sunshine and a good breeze to keep the temperature down. Despite the occasional dog walker and mum with pram we kept up a good pace and after 2 hours reached the half way point. This was the ideal point to get the rucksacks off our backs and hit the lunch packs. For Sgt Serena Linley it was also a good time to apply deodorant!
After lunch it was time to put our best foot forward and complete the second half of the walk. Despite a few aching limbs amongst the Staff the team kept up the same pace as before lunch and finished the second half of the course in 2 hours. We may not have completed the longest route available but there was still a sense of accomplishment as we marched towards the finish. We collected our medals and pinned them on which added to the occasion.
Sgt Serena Linley (17) who took part in the walk said “This was the second Waendel Walk I’ve been on with 209 and it’s still a challenging but rewarding day.”