Cadets fly to the summit

The victorious Morpeth Air Cadets team that claimed top spot Durham and Northumberland Wing inter squadron athletics' competition
The victorious Morpeth Air Cadets team that claimed top spot Durham and Northumberland Wing inter squadron athletics' competition
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Morpeth Air Cadets

YOUNGSTERS from Morpeth Air Cadets soared high to take top honours at the Durham and Northumberland Wing inter-squadron athletics competition at Monkton Stadium, South Shields.

After narrowly missing out on first place last year, the team of talented athletes from the 404 Morpeth Squadron of the Air Training Corps were first across the finish line after outpacing 34 squadrons, despite some minor injuries and the wet conditions.

The Morpeth youngsters battled through the rain to get off to a flying start with medals coming in from both track and field events, including an outstanding display of sprinting from 17-year-old Sergeant Smith to storm off with the 200m title.

Further personal success saw Cadet Lake follow gold in the U14 shot with second place in the discus and bronze as part of the girls’ U15 relay team, while team-mate 14-year-old Cadet Devereux-Tinley went one better after securing silver in the javelin to add to the bronze she picked up at last year’s event.

Cadets Brown, Savage, Fisher and Chisholm also took top honours, winning the boys’ U15 4x100 relay, while the junior women’s team of Cadet Warrant Officer Earle, Corporal Reed, Corporal Marshall and Corporal McGrady won their relay.

Wins for the U15 girls and junior women helped secure Morpeth’s overall top spot, winning by an impressive margin with a number of the air cadets being selected to represent the Durham and Northumberland Wing at a regional level.

Sergeant (ATC) Paul Davies said: “Congratulations to our athletics team whose outstanding performance was rewarded. Good luck to those who’ve been selected to represent the region – a brilliant achievement, well done.”