At the double — Edward puts best foot forwardin marching event

Date: Friday 18th August 2017
Sergeant Edward Miller, of Appleby (back, second left) with the Cumbria and Lancashire ATC marching team.
Sergeant Edward Miller, of Appleby (back, second left) with the Cumbria and Lancashire ATC marching team.

AN Appleby sergeant took part in an acclaimed marching event in the Netherlands.

The International Four Day Marches in Nijmegen is the largest multiple day marching event in the world. It is organised every year in mid-July to promote sport and exercise.

Those taking part walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometres a day depending on their age and gender and, on completion, receive a royally approved medal. The majority of participants are civilians, but a few thousand military participants take part.

This year, Sergeant Edward Miller, of Appleby 2192 Squadron, successfully completed the 100-mile walk as part of the Cumbria and Lancashire ATC team. This is the first time in about 20 years that a cadet from the squadron has successfully taken part in this internationally acclaimed event.

Military teams do not start in Nijmegen but from in the military camp Heumensoord that is built every year just south of Nijmegen.

Under the leadership of Flight Lieutenant Hockey, of Lancaster Air Cadet Squadron, Sergt. Miller had to undertake many miles of practice and qualify for the march at a two-day trial held at RAF Rossford in March.

After two days of acclimatising, the team had to be up very early each to ensure that a good start was made and to take account of the weather, which on at least two days saw temperatures of more than 30 degrees.

Large amounts of water were consumed to ensure that the walkers kept hydrated in the heat.

Flt. Lt. Hockey said: “Overall, the team did a great job in tough circumstances.

“The heat was a major enemy and slowed us down, but didn’t stop us. Every member gave their all and result showed with the success of the Cumbria and Lancashire Wing team”.

Sergt. Miller, along with the rest of the cadet team. received the Cross for the Four Day Marches and the cadet team were also awarded a medal for 90 per cent. of the team finishing.

Edward said of the week in Holland: “I would recommend this event to anyone who is interested in pushing their limits and experience something truly special.”

Sergeant Rob Stokes, the current commanding officer of 2192 Squadron, said: “A fantastic effort by Sergt. Miller. This is one of the many activities that the Air Cadets offer. If you want to do something like this come and join us.”

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Gerrish, chairman of the civilian committee of Appleby 2192 Squadron, was delighted to add the congratulations of the squadron cadets, staff, and civilian committee, in what is undoubtedly a significant achievement.

Edward is also currently undertaking his gold Duke of Edinburgh award with the squadron, which he hopes to complete soon, and a further challenge for him will be a four-day cycling expedition in the Galloway Forest in September.