Brechin Cadet will undertake 4-day marathon march

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A Brechin Air Cadet from 2365 (Brechin) Squadron has completed a milestone in being selected for the gruelling four-day, 100-mile marching event in Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Cadet Ewan Ross has undergone intensive long distant walking training which can be up to 25 miles in one day at a fast walking pace.

Last weekend Cadet Ross qualified for the event at a two-day trial held at Garelochhead Training Camp in Argyll.

To qualify, Cadet Ross and the rest of the Air Cadet team had to complete a 29-mile timed march on the first day and a 22-mile timed walk on the second day, during both of which he had a seven kg load on his back including extra water.

During this time the Air Cadet team were marching alongside regular forces from the UK Army, Navy, And Royal Air Force and armed forces teams from France, Belgium and Germany all of whom are looking at going to the main event in Holland.

On the second day the Cadet team was the first to cross the finish line.

The Officer Commanding 2365 Squadron, Pilot Officer RAF VR(T) Craig Stoker, said: “The Staff and cadets at the Squadron are very proud of Ewan as he has shown good determination and willpower towards the hard and gruelling training and is the first Cadet to be selected for the Nijmegen team from the Squadron in over 15 years.

“We wish him well with the rest of his training and hope he enjoys Holland when he arrives.”