858 (Rushden) Squadron took part in the international RAF WARMA March where they had to march 50 miles over two days in and around RAF Cosford.
The team were lead by Flight Sergeant (ATC) Cooke, who is a veteran when it comes to road marching as he was part of the South and East Midlands Wing team for the Nijmegen march which covers 100 miles in 4 days.
858’s team started training for this in January, starting off with short distances and then building all the way up to the full marching distance of WARMA. The team had covered 160 miles in training ready for the march.
858 RAF WARMA Team 2015
Back row left to right: CPL Ryan Green, CDT Xavier Williams, CPL Bob Devereux, CPL Michael Benham, CPL Alex Curtis
Front Row left to right: CDT Lewis Drinkwater, CDT Ryan Richardson, Flight Sergeant (ATC) Cooke (Team Leader), CDT Sofia Keilholz, CDT Jamie Richardson, CDT Helen Samanon
Cadet Jamie Richardson (14) who has never done anything like this before said “I really enjoyed the experience and it will be something I will always remember. It was fantastic to meet a lot of other cadets and staff from around the Corps. I definitely want to complete the RAF WARMA March again but I’m not so sure my feet could take on Nijmegen just yet”.
Flight Lieutenant Colin Harmer, Officer Commanding 858, also added, “The team spirit and ethos throughout this whole process has been excellent. They have all made a great effort and achieved their goal this weekend and I am proud to be their Commanding Officer. A special thanks goes to Flight Sergeant (ATC) Richard Cooke for being the team leader and making this happen for the cadets”.