126 (City of Derby) Squadron has won the South & East Midlands Cross Country competition for the fifth consecutive year.
The competition took place on Sunday 30th November at Melton Mowbray. Despite freezing temperatures and very muddy racing conditions, the Cadets from Derby performed extremely well in all age categories.
To encourage and enhance the traditional Derby spirit of teamwork, the Squadron Sports Officer, Fg Off Jackie Barker, decided the team should compete wearing the same colour t-shirts. So, adorned in pink, both male and female cadets from Derby could easily be spotted racing around the 2 mile course.
126 Squadron walked away with 5 out of the 6 trophies available, winning the overall competition by 8 points. As well as the overall trophy, the Squadron won the Junior Boys, Youths, Junior Men and Junior Women trophies.
A special mention should go to Cadet Ross Keeling who broke the South & East Midlands Wing record in the Youth age group. Cadet Keeling is a keen cross country runner. He is now looking forward to representing the Wing at the Regional competition on 7th December. Cadet Keeling said, “I have been training hard for the cross country event. I really wanted to win my age category. It was hard going in the muddy parts of the course but in the end I was pleased with my performance.”
For Cadet Warrant Officers Stephanie Marshall and Matt Ireland, this was their last sporting event with 126 Squadron and the ATC. Both Cadet Warrant Officers will move on to become Adult Volunteers in the New Year. CWO Ireland said, “Being part of the Air Training Corps sporting scene is fantastic. There is such a sense of teamwork and motivation. I will miss representing my Squadron at cross country, athletics and swimming, but I am looking forward to new challenges as an Adult Volunteer.”