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South & East Midlands Wing Runners Win Gold Again

Article posted: Mar 24, 2011 by Flt Lt Waplington

The sun was shining as cadets from different squadrons across the wing came together and won the inter-wing cross country championships for the 3rd time in a row on Sunday 20th March.

The first team at the start line was the junior girls, it was a hard race especially as they were the first runners on the course, but all four girls did extremely well with all runners making it into the top 16. Cdt L Mehmet from 1101 (Kettering) was the 1st girl over the finish line and took home an individual Gold medal as well as the team medal. The Girls managed to win 1st place with 13 points, which was a clear 12 points ahead of the 2nd place position.

The youth’s team was next to take to the course and ended with all four runners totalling 29 points. Unfortunately this wasn’t quite enough to win the top position but the team still managed a medal position and walked away with Bronze. This result certainly helped put the wing in a good position for the overall.

Then the turn of the junior men arrived and all 4 competitors’ knew the results were starting to look good for the wing and started out in high spirit. Again all 4 runners did well in their class and manage to finish in the top 15, with Sgt R Keeling from 126 Sqn finishing in 1st position overall and winning an individual gold medal. The team managed another 1st for the wing with a total of 10 points which was less than half the nearest competition of 21 points.

The women’s race was next, with 3 out of the 4 ladies finishing in the top 10. Unfortunately due to an injury whilst running one competitor was unable to finish and was extremely upset that they hadn’t crossed the finish line. However with a total point score of 19 the ladies managed to top the leader board and got 1st position.

Finally it was time for the boys to take their positions and start the last race of the day. Another fantastic effort followed with 3 of the competitors’ finishing in the top 5. Cdt A Ball from 1084 Sqn managed to cross the line first for the class and walked away with an individual gold medal. With such fantastic results the team score stood at 10 points, which was 15 points clear from the next team, this resulted in another 1st place position for the wing.

Now all that was now needed was the final scores on the day. With such a brilliant day and an almost wipe-out on the class trophies, the wing awaited the final overall positions. The final result was South and East Midlands Wing walking away with the overall trophy for the 3rd consecutive year with a total of 81 points which was over 30 points in the lead of our nearest competitors. What made the day even more special is that our very own Wing Commander was asked to present the trophies and was delighted with being able to present to his own wing.

After the event Wing Commander Dickinson – Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing commented “This is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved in our team. I was very proud to see how much effort all our runners made which was realised in the results on the day. I can’t recall a time when all our team members went home with at least one medal each. I have said on numerous occasions that when we put out our strongest teams we are a match for anyone in the Region. Today was proof of that so thank you and well done to all involved”.

Flt Lt Waplington
Wing Sports Officer