RAF Cadets complete a 30-hour extreme bridge hiking challenge

DETERMINED cadets have carried out an extreme 30-hour hiking challenge crossing three of the longest suspension bridges in the UK

Six cadets and two staff members from 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets hiked across the Forth, Humber and Severn bridges on Friday, August 30.

The team braved all weathers to complete the challenge which is thought to be a first for Royal Air Force Air Cadets.

The sponsored event raised more than £300 and organisers say the challenge helped develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship in the youngsters.

Squadron Commander Ian Pepper said: “This was a fantastic and unique venture of which the squadron should rightly be proud to complete, this demonstrates the cadets’ determination to achieve success as a great team.”

Cadet Lee Peacock, 14, said: “Despite sore feet and the windy weather it was amazing to take part, this will stay with me as a great adventure.”

Cadet Ellis Rowley, 17, added: “I have just completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award expedition, but this hike was so totally different with the engineering of the bridges construction fascinating.”

Anybody interested in joining 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets can drop into the Army Reserve Centre on St Andrews Road, Bishop Auckland on a Monday or a Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm.

For information email 2505@aircadets.org

Source – The Northern Echo

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