ATC cross-country

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FOUR cadets from 2449 (Carnoustie) Squadron Air Training Corps travelled north to Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, on Sunday to take part in the North-East Scotland Wing Cross-Country championships.

All four were taking part in the senior boys’ age group for cadets under 15 years of age. They were the second group to set off and were followed in quick succession by the remaining three age groups. Within minutes of the last group departing, however, the skies darkened and everyone was subjected to a hailstorm which lasted about 10 minutes.

While the officials headed for cover the runners had to brave the elements and the Carnoustie contingent still managed to retain a positive spirit to finish the race.

Unfortunately none of the individual runners were placed and the team just failed to make it into the top three but this was an excellent effort by the four cadets concerned Jack Gates, Jack McGillivray, Jamie Spall and Andrew Young.

In contrast, on the previous Saturday Cadets McGillivray, Spall and Young accompanied by Cadet Bella Paterson enjoyed ideal weather for their air experience flying with 12 AEF at RAF Leuchars. Flying side-by-side in one of the fleet of Grob Tutor II aircraft with their pilot they were able to take control of the aircraft and also to experience the thrill of various aerobatic manoeuvres such as loops and barrel rolls.

Next Saturday (February 11) the Squadron is holding a coffee morning in the Philip Hall. Admission will be £1 and there will be stalls offering cake and candy, tombola and other delights. Everyone is welcome to attend.