Air cadets are going for gold in walking quest

Brigg air cadets
Brigg air cadets

Cadets in Brigg have completed a gruelling expedition in the Peak District.

Youngsters from the 2222 (Brigg) Squadron Air Training Corps successfully completed their first Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award practise expedition.

Staff and cadets travelled to the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire to undertake four days of hill walking in the area.

The expedition gave the cadets a chance to practise the techniques needed to undertake such a challenge in unfamiliar terrain.

It covered various things such as navigation using a map and compass and kit preparation.

It also gave staff an opportunity to assess the cadets’ fitness levels prior to the real expedition, which will take place later in the year.

Day one saw the team start their walk from Saddleworth Moor towards Edale via Hayfield.

Commanding officer of 2222 Brigg Squadron, Flt Lt Gill Wills said: “The teamwork and determination showed during this practise expedition was fantastic.

“I am very proud of them.

“It was a challenging expedition but they all pulled together and I’m looking forward to them completing their Gold Qualifying expedition later in the summer.”

Flt Lt Wills said the boys - Cadet Corporals Ozzie Lennon, Matthew Hoare, George Dolling, Cadet Sergeant Lee Chapman and Cadet Flight Sergeant Calum Franks - coped well in harsh conditions.

She said the weather was “freezing” and one night temperatures dropped to minus three.

She said: “It was very snowy up there and very cold and some of the footpaths weren’t very good.

“They were very tired and ready for some decent food when they finished.”

The cadets will complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from Wednesday July 17 to Sunday July 21.

This expedition will take place in the Yorshire Dales National Park - around the Skipton area.

Flt Lt Wills said: “I think they’ll do very well - in the practise they walked over a lot of hills and it’s slightly flatter in Yorkshire. And we’re hoping the weather will be a lot better too.”