Downham Market Cadets Triumph in Griffin Challenge Competition

Cadets from all over Norfolk travelled to RAF Marham on Saturday 28 July for the annual Griffin Challenge competition. Hosted by local RAF Reserves unit, 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron, Griffin Challenge was created to promote the RAF Reserves and develop cadet leadership and teamwork through a quick-fire round of military style tasks.

This year some of the challenges had a distinctive Olympics theme with cadet teams tasked with launching a football from a hastily constructed catapult (instructions not included!), a shoot in the Station’s rifle range simulator, a chariot race, a mountain biking obstacle course (with points awarded for the slowest time) and a race over the Squadron’s assault course. The cadet teams from Norwich, Fakenham, Dereham, Wymondham, Swaffham, Downham Market, Diss, Marham and Caister also tackled challenges that saw them building a bridge over an imaginary shark infested river, had their knowledge tested in an aircraft recognition quiz as well as completing a first aid assessment run by volunteers from Norfolk’s First Responders.

At the end of the competition the cadets from Downham Market Squadron emerged as the champions having beaten off a strong challenge from the Caister cadets who finished second and the Diss team who finished in third place for the second year running. After the presentation Deputy Squadron Commander, Flt Lt James Pettit, said ‘Once again I’ve been impressed with the leadership and teamwork shown by all the teams and while there can only be one winner, I am confident that all of the cadets will have got something out of the day and can be proud to have represented their respective Squadrons.’

To find out more about a career in the RAF Reserves, call 2620 Squadron on 0800 783 1915 or search for 2620 online.

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