Versatile cadets have a field day!

CADETS from the 1803 (HUCKNALL) SQUADRON OF THE AIR TRAINING CORPS (ATC) were put through their paces in a series of tough tasks during a gruelling annual challenge.

The locals competed in the Wing Field Day against 30 other squadrons from the ATC’s Trent Wing, which covers parts of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and most of Nottinghamshire.

Competitions at RAF Digby, which is between Sleaford and Lincoln, ranged from running a ‘bleep test’ to target shooting, putting up tents, first aid and orienteering.

Overall, 1803 finished in 13th place. But it did land one notable success in winning the aircraft recognition competition for the first time in its history.

Team leader, Cadet Sgt Thomas Walker (16), was singled out as the top individual in the recognition challenge and was presented with a special trophy depicting a model Avro York aircraft.

A spokesman for the Hucknall squadron labelled the overall result “creditable with some highlights”.

In the first-aid test, 1803 suffered a disappointing result in finishing 26th. A team of four had to visit the scene of a mock car-crash where a vehicle driven by a 14-year-old had knocked down a pedestrian.

Although the team performed well, they missed the fact the driver had had a heart attack.

Better results came in a tent-erecting discipline where the team had to put up, take down and pack away a tent against the clock. The locals finished 14th.

Other results were: ‘bleep test’ 15th, orienteering eighth, drill sixth, target shooting eighth, and model building 17th.

n OUR PHOTO shows the cadets getting to grips with the tent challenge