Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
for North of England

Air Cadets from Longbenton have won Gold for the second year running in the Durham / Northumberland Wing Air Cadets Cross Country Championships!

The youngsters bravely battled through icy winds, mud and puddles, in the winter sunshine, to take Gold at the Rising Sun Country Park, Benton.

Cadet James Douglas, 17, said, “It’s great to have won for a second year in a row.

“It’s always a tough competition. The conditions were the same for everyone and we just went out to do our best and run for the team.

“We were absolutely covered in clarts when we finished and we were allowed to be, so it was good fun too!” added James.

Squadron Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, "Our young people thoroughly enjoy engaging in the various sports that we offer and gain many life skills from doing so, as well as remaining healthy.

“To have won the competition a second year running is an accolade that we can all be very proud of.”

The Longbenton Squadron has finished in the top 5 in the competition every year since 2010, winning a staggering 6 times during that same period.

 Longbenton Squadron is currently open to new members in Year 8 and above. If you’re up for a challenge then visit squadron at

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