Cadets power ahead for charity

Longbenton cadets at the end of the Sport Relief Mile which marked the beginning of their fitness challenge for charity.
Longbenton cadets at the end of the Sport Relief Mile which marked the beginning of their fitness challenge for charity.

A TEAM of air cadets have been taking part in an Olympic-inspired fitness challenge for charity.

The youngsters – nicknamed Team LB – from 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron have used London 2012 as their inspiration.

The team, aged from 13 to 19, have rowed, walked, ran, cycled, cross-trained, skied and swam a total of 2,012km.

The challenge started in March when the cadets completed the Sports Relief Mile before running in the Children’s Cancer Run.

And they completed the challenge at the Lakeside Centre fitness gym, with the British Heart Foundation the benefactors.

Cadet Sam Inns, 17, of Killingworth, said: “This was a challenge that we were up, for taking inspiration from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.”

Event organiser, Cadet Warrant Officer Steph Robson, 19, of Benton, said “We have worked hard to implement our 2012 initiative in order to overcome our challenge and raise funds.”

Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, added: “It has positively promoted fitness amongst our youngsters who have raised much needed funds for various charitable causes and they should all be very proud of their 2012 initiative success.”