Cadets take title for a third year in a row

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An air cadets squadron is celebrating after winning the Durham Northumberland Cross Country Championships for the third consecutive year.

The youngsters from Longbenton Squadron 2234 , aged 13 to 19, competed across five age categories, with the under-17 men winning bronze and junior men gold.

Overall the team won gold after a gruelling performance in wet, muddy conditions at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton.

Cadet Sergeant Zack Wylie, 17, of Longbenton, who won gold in the junior men’s, said: “It was a hard race with some of the tracks a bit tricky to negotiate, but we all did our best and we’re happy to have won.

“One of my targets was to win this event so I’m delighted to have won when the team has won overall.”

Squadron boss, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson, said; “Our sports development programme is part of our integrated training and development plan, which allows our young people to gain internationally recognised qualifications, and it lends itself to promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The squadron won the 2.5-mile competition for the first time in its history in 2012 and has retained the trophy since then.