Air cadets fly high in athletics event

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Air cadets from Morpeth have taken top honours at the Durham and Northumberland Wing inter squadron athletics competition.

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 take the 200m title.

Further personal success saw Cadet Lake follow gold in the U14s shot with second place in the discus and bronze as part of the girls U15s relay team while team mate 14-year-old Cadet Devereux-Tinley secured silver in the javelin.

Cadets Brown, Savage, Fisher and Chisholm also took top honours winning the boys U15s 4 x 100 relay while the junior women’s team won their relay.

Sergeant 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.”

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 cadets being selected to represent the Durham and Northumberland Wing at a regional level.