The first 2 day training session of the year for South & East Midlands Wing took place on 24th-25th March in preparation for the Nijmegen Marches later this year in The Netherlands. A two day training session provides an excellent opportunity for the cadets (and staff) to appreciate what is required of them to complete a four day, 100mile road march including eating, drinking, sleeping, foot care and personal admin.
The day began at the headquarters of 126 (City of Derby) squadron, who had kindly agreed to house and feed the wing team for the weekend. Dividing into two smaller teams, the road marchers began the day in the now-usual energetic and enthusiastic way. The rest stops were conveniently placed along the way to allow for water refilling and on-the-go foot care for those who needed it.
With all participants completing the first day the team showered and were then treated to a tea of ham & chips with a variety of sides including peas, onions rings, mushrooms and tomatoes with a pudding of apple pie and custard for dessert – There was no excuses for still being hungry, especially with pizza & chips for supper later on!
The second day was very much more of the same, albeit a shorter yet warmer day creating different challenges for the cadets to get to grips with. All of the cadets completed the 40 mile route and are eagerly awaiting the prospect of the 2 day qualification event at RAF WARMA where they will be rubbing shoulders with like minded road marchers from across the Air Training Corps.
By CI James Brewster
2070 Glenfield Sqn ATC