The team, led by Cdt CSM Liam Arnot, were incredibly worthy winners, having spent months of effort on painstaking preparation to make sure everything went right on the day. Their efforts weren't in vain, with the team scoring highly on several of the competition events.
Our cadets, from W Company, came in 13th place overall from a field of 25 ACF teams based between Humberside to the Scottish Borders.
The final cut for team W Coy were:
- Sgt Will Young (Alnwick)
- Sgt Ellie Tribe (Alnwick)
- Cpl Ed Inkster (Alnwick)
- Cpl Josh Truman (Broomhill)
- LCpl Brandon Mayes (Broomhill)
- LCpl Joe Miller (Broomhill)
- LCpl Bethany Charlton (Bellingham)
- LCpl Jake Douglass (Bellingham)
- Cdt Teri Hall (Alnwick)
- Cdt Matthew Witherley (Broomhill)
- Cdt Kirstyn Crate (Alnwick)
- Cdt Jess Campbell (Alnwick)
- Cdt Matthew Nixon (Broomhill)
The team was accompanied by adult team manager Lt Barry Lister, ably assisted by SI Andi Allan. The 2IC W Coy, Capt Tom Jackson, also attended the event as DS on the first aid scenario.
The cadets battled it out on Catterick training area, with wind so strong it was sometimes a struggle to stand. They began the event by having their kit inspected and taking part in theory tests on fieldcraft, skill at arms and fieldcraft. The teams then had to deal with a simulated first aid incident, which this year included a gunshot wound and hand laceration.
A huge thank you to all of the W Company cadets involved with this tiring weekend. Despite finishing 13th we're a lot wiser for the experience and know where to focus our efforts next time.
Photographs of the event will be added to our 2011 gallery shortly, so stay tuned for their arrival.