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South and East Midlands Wing complete Waendel Walk

Article posted: Jun 03, 2015 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

South and East Midlands Wing complete Waendel Walk

Having successfully completed the RAFWARMA Two Day Marches, the Wing Road Marching Team spent the weekend continuing their training. Seven cadets and six staff from across the Wing met up in Wellingborough for the annual International Waendel Walk around Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

On Saturday, the team walked a 42 km (26 miles) road march through fields and woods, finally following the River Nene back to Wellingborough. The route was punctuated by regular breaks at the rest stops where the team took the opportunity to sample bacon rolls from the Womens’ Institute or tea from a local church.

Sunday saw the team begin with a slight lie in until 0630 but, by the time the team had finished breakfast and got ready to walk, the day had broken into glorious sunshine. The team took a route of 25 km (16 miles) through a number of quiet towns and villages, including a rest point with a village fete and cake sale; much to everyone’s enjoyment. The team even managed to find an escaped tortoise, which they handed in to local animal sanctuary. The team completed by marching into The Castle area of Wellingborough before collecting their medals and sitting to watch the town’s entertainment which was set up to greet the finishing walkers.

Flying Officer Buckingham, of 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron, said “it was nice to have a relaxed walk with the team. Having now completed 390 km (242 miles) in training, the team have now become well bonded and prepared for the upcoming Nijmegen Marches.”

In July, the Wing will be sending sixteen cadets and staff to Nijmegen, Holland, to participate in the 99th International Four Day Marches where the team will be marching 160 km (100 miles) across four days. Those marching who are male and over 18 will be carrying 10kg of dead weight.

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