Words & pictures by SSI Peter Russell/Deputy PRO/Somerset Army Cadets. Bergen photo by Maj Michelle Hall.
Family Fun Run finishers' medals
Supporting the local community is one of the key roles within the Army Cadets. On Sunday over 25 cadets from platoons across Normandy Company gave up their day of rest to help the organisers of the 2017 Vitality Bath Half Marathon, known as the Bathalf, by presenting all the medals to the finishers of the main event and the Family Fun Run - some 12,000 in all.
LCpl Kai Fletcher takes a look at his handiwork!
The cadet’s task was to set up the tables alongside the finishers route back into Bath, unpack and group 12,000 finishers’ medals, marshall the returning competitors into channels and finally present each one with a medal. It sounds easy but the logistics of working in a confined area and dealing with multitudes of returning runners, all eager for a medal, has to be seen to be believed!
LCpl Kai Fletcher shows off his medal presentation skills
LCpl Holly Crowe presents a medal
SI Chris Skelton photo-bombs!
Somerset Army Cadets also had Lt Brian Hill, the plucky - some might say barking mad - platoon commander of Midsomer Norton, taking part in the event. He manfully ran the half marathon with an 80lbs bergen but at the finish his shoulders finally gave up, so the first that the OC saw was Lt Hill’s personal ‘orderly’, a St John Ambulance first aider, pushing a wheelchair with a huge bergen on it! Nonetheless his was an outstanding effort, along with all the other runners who chose to go dressed as dinosaurs or bears on what turned out to be a reasonably warm spring day. Congratulations to him and all the finishers.
Coming from as far afield as Wells, the cadets gave a fine account of themselves and thoroughly deserved their rewards of a pass at their Cadet in the Community star level and funds to swell their platoon’s coffers.
LCpls Kniveton and Musgrave eye up the next eligible recipient!
Maj Michell Hall (OC N Coy), SMI (CSM) Phil Coward, SI Chris Skelton and CA Jordon Corp gave up their time to support the cadets who were praised for their hard work and dedication.