Stockport Teenager Cadet Warrant Officer Jake Sanderson, from 162 (Stockport) Squadron has recently completed the prestigious Nijmegen marches. Each year in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 46,000 people descend on the town to complete the ‘Vierdaagse International 4 day March’. This year, it was held from 22nd July through to the 25th July for the 99th time.
Air Cadets from across Greater Manchester Wing travelled across to Nijmegen to conquer the 100 mile challenge after completing arduous training marches overnight months, including the 2 day RAF WARMA March at RAF Cosford which had to be completed to make the team.
Cadets spent four days prior to the marches becoming acclimatized to the local area, enjoying the local music festival in Nijmegen town centre, giving them a chance to bond with their team members. It was also a taster of the atmosphere to be found along the routes. The team also took the time to visit the airborne museum, Hartenstein to learn more about the history of Nijmegen and surrounding areas.
Jake (19) is no stranger to the challenge after having completed the grueling marches in 2013 with Sergeant (ATC) Lewis Taylor, also from 162 (Stockport) Squadron, who was this year’s Team Leader. Due to his previous experience, Jake was appointed Cadet Team Leader which required him to monitor the cadet’s welfare as well as their feet. In addition to this, he had to ensure that his team was briefed accordingly and that they were all in the right place at the right time. When asked about his time in the Netherlands, he said “Definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done. The atmosphere is second to none and it makes waking up at 2:30am slightly more bearable!”
Stockport Air Cadets is thriving! Girls and boys from 12 years of age have the chance to do many activities including visits to RAF stations, flying, adventure training & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The squadron meets every Monday and Thursday night from 7pm at their Headquarters, Lockwood Fold, Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LS. To book your place on their next Intake, visit www.162atc.co.uk, Telephone (0161) 480 4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org