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Article posted: May 16, 2010 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Trudging through rivers, carrying buckets of water and various assault courses were just some of the highlights for 3 groups from 1947 (Birstall) ATC Squadron when they undertook the Charnwood Hike.

The near 20 mile course through the Leicestershire countryside is organised by the Boys Brigade every year, and this year 1947 (Birstall) Squadron ATC entered 3 teams for the gruelling challenge. One team, showed quick thinking and determination to finish top, with a second group just behind in third.
Not only did the cadets have to criss-cross through the countryside, they also had to complete the challenges which were positioned along the way. There were many different types of challenges which the cadets had to complete; carrying each other on stretchers, completing obstacle courses while blindfolded and many other initiative exercises. The three teams which took part showed good endurance and managed to keep a high moral throughout.

The weather was perfect; it remained warm and sunny throughout. Luckily some of the challenges involved splashing through rivers and streams while carrying buckets of water. This helped to keep all participants cool. Once again, a good time was had by all and our teams will be aiming to retain their crown next year.

Cadets show off their trophies:
Back Row from left – Cpl Collins, Cdt Chapman, Cdt Allcock, Cdt Taylor, Cdt Thorne & Sgt Taylor
Front Row from left – Cdt Vissani & Cdt Delf.