Good walking weather at the weekend for the 1094 Squadron Road Marching Team who having camped overnight on the St Martins Plain military camp set off this morning taking part in the 17 mile Spitfire Route March across the rolling countryside of Kent.
This is the third year in a row the Squadron has participated in the March and the cadets are using the experience to add to their regular monthly training walks in preparation for the daunting 100 mile Nijmegen March later this year in Holland.
Air Cadet Squadrons from all over the Country participate in The Spitfire March every year with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing represented this year by 134 (Bedford), 1003 (Leighton Buzzard), 22 (Sandy), and 1094 (Ely) Squadron, to name just a few.
CI Jean Donoghue who leads and supervises the Squadron’s Road Marching Team and who is walking with them said:
“I’ve always been passionate about hill walking and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Road Marching although an event in in its own right is all part of the same ethos of getting cadets out enjoying the countryside and at the same time feeling a real sense of personal achievement and overcoming challenges together as a team.”
Flying Officer John Donoghue the Squadron’s newly appointed OIC said:
“ I couldn’t be prouder of our cadets, these sort of events are fantastic for building relationships between Squadrons across the Corps and especially those in the same Wing both for cadets and staff.”
“It was 134 (Bedford) Squadron that got us back involved in the Spitfire marches three years ago and last night it was great to see the cadets from Ely and Leighton Buzzard Squadron socialising on our joint camp site. “
Kent has always been synonymous with the legendary Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft and as part of their route the cadets will be stopping off at the Battle of Britain memorial on the coast.
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From 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets