Southern Service Cross country league

A chilly 20th November saw RAF High Wycombe host the second fixture of the Southern Service Cross Country League.

12 stations in the South of England take turns to host the competition. All races are free to enter, and often feature some post race biscuits, and around Christmas time even some mulled wine!

Despite the mid morning snow, the event saw the largest turnout of runners the league has seen in a number of years. The start was swiftly done by the Stn Cdr at 1400, and 79 runners were off on the technical and rather gruelling course, which wound its way through the woods behind 3 Site and into the fields. Unfortunately, being in High Wycombe it was difficult to avoid any hills – playing to the strengths of local runners who are frequently seen bashing out miles in the environs of the station. There was blood, sweat and tears! 3 runners were dutifully patched up by the med centre after having an argument with a tree or rock.

The efforts of the High Wycombe runners made some considerable changes to the leader board in the league competition. The ladies team, comprised of Flt Lt Holt, Sgt Meechan, Lynda Langfield and myself, climbed up to bronze position. The men, lead home by Sqn Ldr Henderson being chased by 15 others from the station, improved their standings to 4th place. The overall winners will be announced at the end of March, after the final race at RAF Benson.

Now the cross country season is behind us, we can look forward to the Track and Field season. The first meeting kicks off on 26th April at RAF Cosford. This is an open competition and personnel of all ages, abilities and experience are invited to come and compete in a range of events. On the track you can try your hand at everything from hurdling to middle distance running, or try some of the field events such as javelin or the high jump. For more information and a full timetable of  events, or to simply register your interest in running and athletics, please contact Fg Off Abi Bagshaw x4814 or abigail.bagshaw898@mod.uk.