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Article posted: May 03, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Trudging through rivers, carrying buckets of water and various assault courses were just some of the highlights for 8 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 squadron ATC entered 8 teams of both girls and boys for the gruelling challenge. One team, made up of Cpl Collins, Cpl Taylor and Cdt Healy worked extremely well together and overall finished third.
Starting at Markfield and finishing at the outdoor pursuits centre, near Birstall, a distance of nearly 20 miles was covered! 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. All of the 8 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 many of our teams will be aiming for first next year!