Last weekend five Long Eaton Air Cadets and the OC attend the infamous International Waendle Walk in Wellingborough, representing South and East Midlands Road Marching Team.
The walk takes place over days with six different routes for the different fitness levels of the participants. As part of the ongoing training towards the Nijmegen and Ijzer marches, the Wing team walked a leg-aching 42 km (25 miles) on the first day and a 24 km (15 miles) less leg-aching walk on the second day.
Friday night saw the team sort out some important admin, and having a general catch up with other cadets from around the Wing. The cadets had the opportunity to go out in to town to relax, whilst picking their dinner for the next two days – the ‘Nemo Chip Shop’. Before the strenuous 25 miles the next day cadets prepared their feet and rucksacks and hit the hay before going to bed. It’s not a proper sleep with the snoring competition!
Saturday saw an eye-rubbing 6:30 am wakeup call to be ready by 7:30 am to head down to the starting line. The cadets had the opportunity to get a well needed bacon butty before starting. They registered for the walk – having their own unique card to be stamped over the duration of the walks for each day. Over the first day both teams showed how much massive progress every member had made in stamina, WARMA paid off, with both teams getting attention as they sung throughout the towns: putting smiles on international teams and locals. By the end the day the cadets both teams marched with the sound of the international music of the Waendle concert.
The shorter distance on Sunday allowed everyone to start packing up their kit before heading off for the customary bacon butty before starting. The second day was much more colourful that the first, with more regular villages. Every village seemed to come out for the occasion, with regular cake sales or barbecues keeping the cadets’ stomachs full! The teams finished by marching through the centre of Wellingborough into the castle.
With photos done, the cadets headed home with two shiny new medals and the happiness that only comes from a strong performance at another challenging weekend.
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Written by Cadet Sergeant J Bland
2195 Media Team