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Ski-Mountaineering World Championships


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Captain Tania Noakes, the Unit Adventurous Training Officer for Oxford UOTC, has recently competed at the Ski-Mountaineering world championships as part of the Great British ladies team. The championships were held in Alpago-Piancavallo Italy from 23February to the 4th March 2017.

Athletes from 25 Nations took part in the championships which included 5 races. An individual race, team race in squads of two, sprint race, vertical race and a relay race. Captain Noakes is part of the Army ski mountaineering team who are striving to promote opportunities and wider participation of Service personnel in this exciting and challenging new sport.

This was her first time racing at the world championship level and the competition from the much larger squads from the Alpine nations was at an inspiring and fiercely competitive level.

In the individual Tania managed to place first GB female and partnered with Ursula Moore in the team race came 11th female team.

The Army will be running a ski-mountaineering race training camp next winter season 2017-18 to help equip budding Army ski-mo racers with the essential skills to take part competitively in this challenging and exciting new sport.

http://www.serfca.org/Links/Officer-Training 

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Air Cadets paddle to success on Exercise Golden Tarn


Written by Alex Pye (211 (Newbury) Squadron 

We can’t lie – the last week has been fantastic! A culmination of 6 months of hard training for the cadets, and 2 years of planning & training for the staff team involved in delivering Exercise Golden Tarn.

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In celebration of 75 years of the Air Training Corps, Thames Valley Wing decided to embark on an ambitious overseas adventure training expedition – the first within the Wing for some years – and the very first mounted overseas by canoe. The Exercise, Golden Tarn, saw 6 cadets undertake their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition, paddling unsupported over a 100km descent of the Tarn River in the Aveyron region of France. Starting in Montbrun – the highest point to paddle due to the low water levels – the cadets paddled through Grade 1 & 2 rapids, dynamically assessed a Grade 3 rapid (and portaged it), then continued through some amazing scenery, under the magnificent Millau Viaduct to their end point at St Rome Du Tarn.
Preparation for the expedition began 2 years ago with some ideas bounced around in the Mess, from which it grew into a reconnaissance and feasibility expedition in 2015. Here the staff team not only tested the feasibility of a number of venues, they also identified training requirements specific to the environment and built around the needs of the various routes under consideration. Additionally, the staff looked at transport, logistics, accommodation, catering, campsites and everything else which could help or hinder the expedition.
In November 2015 a calling notice was issued to which 14 cadets responded. Eight cadets attended the initial training sessions on a bitterly cold Saturday on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Berkshire. The training escalated over the next 3 months from initial flat water skills through to basic moving water skills. In March the team attended a 5 day paddlesport camp at Halton Training Camp involving their first paddlesport expedition on Coniston Water, followed by 3 days of Moving Water Training at a variety of venues across the Lake District National Park under the expert guidance of Sgt (ATC) Alice Pye and Nick Howard from Epic Outdoors. The cadets went on to complete further training, a practice expedition on the River Severn, further White Water training on the River Wye, a Rescue Skills course as well as an Expedition First Aid course. After one of the slightly more challenging training sessions, one of the team was overheard saying “I’ve got 99 problems – and they’re all canoeing related”.
The cadets from Newbury, Aldermaston, Woodley & Chipping Norton, additionally undertook evening paddlesport courses to help mitigate skills fade and keep everything fresh in their minds. The intensive training regime proved challenging for the cadets in its own right; many of which were studying at Sixth Form & College, as well as keeping their own ATC commitments and personal lives in order!
In mid-July the team departed for France via Newhaven and following a 16 hour minibus journey, finally arrived at their expedition headquarters, a Gite just outside Aguessac near Millau. Following a day’s acclimatisation and skills refresh near Florac, the cadets began their 4 day expedition in sweltering 36 degree temperatures; paddling from Montbrun to La Malene through the heart of the 400m deep Gorge Du Tarn. Initial water levels proved very low in places, requiring lining the boats down some rapids and riffles, but in the main, the paddling was excellent.
Day 2 saw the team, aged 16-17, move on to the Gorge from La Malene to Le Rozier; a stretch which took them through the Pas De Souci, a huge rockfall and boulder field which includes a siphon. The team successfully portaged this area, before paddling on to the canoe shoot at Les Vignes down the River’s 16ft barrage.
The penultimate day of the expedition saw the cadets leave the Gorge proper and start exploring the smaller villages as the meandering River Tarn wound from Le Rozier, through Aguessac to a campsite just outside Millau. The paddling was, again, hot – peaking at 38 degrees – but the River levels were falling. Despite this, the River continued to offer plenty of surprises with sufficient challenge – several lengthily stretches of rapids, several weirs and an epic canoe shoot which got the better of one of the canoes, leaving them high and dry beached on a rock.
The final days paddling saw the group descend from the Millau valley and move into the amazing foothills, capturing the beautiful villages of Peyre, Compregnac & Candas before moving to St Rome Du Tarn itself. On the way the team paddled under the Millau Viaduct – Europe’s tallest bridge – some 270m above the River. The group reflected on this as their favourite day of the expedition – not just because they were on the home straight, but because, despite the lack of high Grade white water, there were still plenty of features and spots along the way to keep the paddling challenging, passing under the magnificent engineering feat of the viaduct and seeing the beautiful village of Peyre built into the cliff – not to mention countless Kingfishers, Herons and many fish along the route.
All cadets using this for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award successfully completed the expedition in accordance with the required conditions – and all had an amazing time in the process – producing some high quality photography and video which will be used to promote Adventurous Training opportunities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award within the Thames Valley Wing and beyond.

 

Flt Lt Martin Christlieb RAFVR(T), Officer In Charge of the Expedition said “we’d like to thank our Sponsors and Supporters for their help in making the expedition feasible. Supporters have included Ulysses Trust, RAF Charitable Trust, AWE and Hobkey – all of which have proven invaluable for us.”

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The expedition team, Sgt Jemima Croggon (17), Cpl Jake Agar (16), Cdt Rebecca Palmer (16), Cdt Leila Whiteman (17), Cpl Rowan Hayball (17) and Cpl Drew Harding (16) would also like to extend their thanks to their Air Cadet staff for their support, advice and commitment to the expedition and putting their lives on hold to make it happen. They would also like to thank their parents for their early morning drops offs, late evening picks ups, ferrying them the occasional things we’d forgotten and their overwhelming patience when we come back from a weekend away cold, wet & smelling of river!

You can view further information about the expedition including our expedition video here: http://www.facebook.com/GoldenTarn2016.

Find out more about what the Air Cadets can offer you here: www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets or contact Newbury Squadron directly on 211@aircadets.org or Aldermaston Squadron on 2403@aircadets.org.

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Additional quotes from participants:

  • I’ve got 99 problems – and they’re all canoeing related – Cdt Rebecca Palmer
  • A fantastic and unique opportunity – definitely the best thing I’ve done in cadets – Cdt Leila Whiteman
  • There are pros and cons to every situation even pinning a boat – Cpl Jake Agar
  • I loved the feeling of independence we were given – trusted to make our own decisions, find our own way, cut our own path and make the expedition what we wanted – Sgt Jemima Croggon
  • I expected to spend more time swimming the rapids than paddling them – I was surprised at how far our training had pushed us – and how prepared we were. The heat did make the swim feel quite inviting though! – Cpl Rowan Hayball
  • The expedition made all the training worth it – Cdt Drew Harding
  • We could’ve done this in Wales or Scotland or the Lake District – but doing it somewhere different set it apart and made some amazing memories – Sgt Jemima Croggon

Ex Winter Challenge 2015


Southampton University Officer Training Corps

After a long coach journey from Southampton to St Johann, Austria, 40 Officer Cadets from SouthamptonUOTC and 4 instructors arrived at the resort of Alpendorf at midday on Sunday 5th April.

Upon arrival, we were each issued with the necessary kit including skis and boots and were allocated our dorms for the week.

After an early start on Monday morning, we boarded the coach to take to Alpendorf, excited to begin our week of skiing. We were split into 4 groups, and introduced to our instructors for the week. The first gondola journey to the top of the mountain seemed to take forever, with the anticipation of the first run growing.

In contrast to the bottom of the mountain, at the top it was snowing heavily, which although sounding very exciting, made the visibility on the first and second day poor, requiring extra vigilance from all on the mountain. As the weather improved throughout the week, the views became more and more spectacular, although photos couldn’t do them justice. We began the week tackling the nursery slopes, practicing our skiing technique and growing in confidence, before moving onto blue slopes to challenge ourselves further. On the nursery slopes, we were taught how to slow down using the snow plough method, how to turn whilst in snow plough and also how to get up and put our skis back on if we were to take a tumble.

Fun on the slopes

On Tuesday morning we continued practicing what we had learnt on Monday, and in the afternoon, instead of taking the T-bar lifts on the nursery slopes, we advanced and took the 6-man lift for the first time! Throughout the week, the chair lifts became quite a spectacle and somewhat entertaining to watch, as Officer Cadets somehow struggled to grasp the concept and simplicity of the lifts. Ski poles were dropped and bent, goggles were lost, the automatic safety bar was forced up and even the occasional seat was missed! Each evening we came together for a debrief after the days skiing, and on Tuesday and Thursday evening, the instructors delivered lessons on weather, avalanches, kit and equipment, and first aid, which were required in order for us all to gain Ski Foundation Level 1 qualification (SF1).

Wednesday flew past, and the sudden realisation that we were half way through our week of skiing was surprising! The hotel that we stayed at offered an ‘All you can eat BBQ ribs’ night on Wednesday, which went down an absolute treat.

Friday was our last day of instructed skiing, and so the instructors decided to take us all to the same restaurant for lunch, called Krapfenalm. It was notorious for their delicious donuts, filled with either sweet or savoury filling, such as bacon, egg and potato, or chocolate, ice cream and sauce! Having all achieved our SF1 qualification on Friday, we were able to go skiing with other Officer Cadets on Saturday without the instructors’ supervision. Once we handed our kit back in to the ski hire shop, tidied our dorms and boarded the coach, the long coach journey back to Southampton began. I’m sure many others agreed that this had been one of the best weeks of our time at OTC and I hope to progress to SF2 next year.

Exercise Himalyan Eagle


Captain Bill Holland 678 (RIfles) Sqn 6 AAC

Towards the end of October , I was fortunate enough to secure a place at very short notice, only 1 week before flying from Heathrow, on a Army Mountain Trekking Expedition to Solu Kumbu Region of Nepal to climb the MERA Peak an impressive 6476m mountain that dominates the Hinku Valley to the south of Mount Everest. I will be joining 9 other excited mountaineers next Tuesday at the home of 4 AAC, based in Wattersham, which happens to be our paired unit under FR2020′ the ten mountaineers I have been told have various degrees of experiences and ages, most of the members coming from from 4 AAC, to reward them after their busy recent Op Herrick tour. Captain Tom Stack an Apache Pilot with 4 AAC, is the leader and organiser who crafted this impressive trip over the past year.

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Thursday I got to meet Tom, at Bicester loan pool stores and assisted him in the collection of ten, individual sets of high altitude walking and climbing equipment required for this EX Ped. As always this is an important event and can be a time consuming task, checking the cleanliness and serviceability of every piece of equipment for the whole team to use successfully whilst on the mountain. Many items got rejected by us and quickly changed by ‘Angie’ especially the walking and high altitude boots ? to ensure we had the best start in the Army loaned equipment category in Nepal. My High altitude mountain experience over 25 years has been, Alps, High Atlas, Canada Rockies, USA, Norway and more recently Kilimanjaro, with some great civilians and 3 x amputee soldiers on a charity mission, as well as last year reaching Point Lenana on Mount Kenya with a group of Scots Guards, happy to say the photo was very guardsman like on the top. I have gained over the years my MLT and JSML scheme award and have organised SMF Summer Mountain Foundation courses in Wales and Cyprus. Basically I do like the mountains of the world, and being with like minded persons.

Major G Ridgley OC 678 (RIfles) Sqn. LT Col R Olney CO 6 AAC. WO2 Neilings 678 (RIfles) Sqn. Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher LL buckinghamshire. SSGT Hamill 678 (RIfles) Sqn. WO1 Walkinshaw RSM 6 AAC. Capt B Holland  PSAO 678 (RIfles) Sqn.

Major G Ridgley OC 678 (RIfles) Sqn. LT Col R Olney CO 6 AAC. WO2 Neilings 678 (RIfles) Sqn. Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher LL buckinghamshire. SSGT Hamill 678 (RIfles) Sqn. WO1 Walkinshaw RSM 6 AAC. Capt B Holland PSAO 678 (RIfles) Sqn.

I have four days now to prepare my personal items and paperwork that I will take, to supplement the good quality loan pool stores equipment we now have.  A trip like this is quite costly and can be very daunting to anybody, it should cost around £3000, however being partly self sufficient with experienced military personnel in the group, the Army manages to reduce it considerably to £1000. So I have quickly being asking for small grants from my immediate local fund lines and have been able to reduce the amount considerably, being in the Army Mountaineering Association also helps reduce your personal contributions. In repayment for these kind gestures I will continue a blog where possible, also give a swift short 30 min presentation on our experiences when I return to the bold funders. So to close for now, from one Tuesday helping organise a Lord Lieutenants Awards in High Wycombe to the very next Tuesday getting on a plane and flying to Nepal it has to be Army be the Best.

Look out for the next edition next week!!!

For more information on 678 (RIfles) Sqn 6 AAC  please visit: http://www.serfca.org/en-gb/reservists/armyreserve/678riflessquadronaac6regtaac.aspx

The infamous Dodentocht (Death March) in Bornem, Belgium.


Kent Wing Air Training Corps

During the weekend 8th – 10th August 2014, Kent Wing fielded a team of 8 cadets and 4 staff in the infamous Dodentocht (Death March) in Bornem, Belgium.

The Dodentocht is a 100km march (63 miles) which starts at 2100hrs on Friday evening and must be completed by 2100hrs on Saturday evening. The terrain is difficult with cobbles, dirt tracks, roads and paths being used.

The team at the 50KM point

The team at the 50KM point

In excess of 11,000 marchers (and runners) participated, and the event is very high profile, the completion rate this year for all marchers and runners was 58%.

Kent Wing marchers once again achieved 100%, completing the march in a very respectable time of 21hours 19 minutes.

The weather conditions were extreme, with torrential rain for hours on end at the start and during the night, hot humid conditions from midnight onwards and heat, lots of it, when the sun came up.

The team from across Kent Wing have covered approximately 500 miles marching this year, with the Dodentocht being the culmination of 7 months of training with marches at RAF Cosford, RAF Wyton (Pathfinder), 4 day Nijmegen Marches as well as five weekends of very serious mileage training.

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Southampton University Officer Training Corps (UOTC)

Day 1

Having spent the best part of the day before travelling, the group woke up on the first ‘walking day’ eager to start, albeit fairly grouchy from their first night’s sleep in a tent. Having packed away the tent for the first time, a slightly more arduous task than expected, eaten our first camp breakfast and had our first kit check the 3 groups piled into the transport to be dropped off at the starting point in Meiringen.

Having been promised an easy start to the expedition to ease the group into mountaineering, some of us were not so pleasantly surprised by the speedy pace set by the first team navigators. However all misgivings were forgotten as we arrived at the Reichenbach Falls, famously known as the site whereby Sherlock Holmes confronted Professor Moriarty in Sir Arther Conan Doyle’s novel ‘The Final Problem’. The site also proved to be the first of many ‘selfie’ opportunities seen throughout the expedition.

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It was also on this first day that the ‘Team Rock’ phenomena began, the rules are as follows:

  1. The Team Rock must be carried by a member of the group at all times
  2. It can only be transferred to another member if they hadn’t been caught in the act
  3. The Team Rock must be placed securely within their bags, or the transfer does not count and the Team Rock must be returned to the original owner

However, seeing as the rock itself weighed approximately 2kgs, it was fairly noticeable if you had been ‘rocked’.

Having arrived at the campsite in Grindelwald, the group was pleasantly surprised to find the tents already erected courtesy of the Drivers. The evening was very relaxed, including a couple a drinks and the application of temporary tattoos before being briefed on the next day’s climb up Männlichen, followed by bed.

Day 2

The second days walking began with a very steep incline out of the campsite, which some felt, including myself was a foreboding start to what was going to be a rather difficult day. I was not disappointed. The climb up to Männlichen solidified the fact that the previous day had only been a warm up for the days ahead. After was seemed like a lot of teeth gritting we reached the summit all with a strong sense of pride, unfortunately we could not enjoy the view for long as the cloud had crept up on us.

The way down the mountain proved to be just as difficult as the assent, and for some of the more height conscious members of the group, more so. The route down was a steep one, meandering across the slope on a narrow path, our view littered with avalanche barriers. Eventually the descent led us into a more forested area and it was here that brought a little humour back into the group after a strenuous day. Jake, our mountain leader and organiser of the expedition, a man with all the gear the rest of the group envied, found himself in possession of a boot without a permanent sole and had to resort to sniper tape to hold his boot together for the rest of the decent. Secondly, whilst taking a small break the CO was ‘rocked’, whilst he was sitting on his bag giving us all a pep talk about the day so far. Spirits a little higher we headed into Wengen and waited for what would be a slightly unusual train ride in comparison to British public transport. After the train journey with spectacular views, we were picked up by the transport and driven to what would be home for 2 nights.

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That evening we headed up to Mürren via a cable car to meet Ann and David at their home. Having been suitably fed by all the food Ann had to offer, we ventured up to the local sports hall for a party which included beer, dancing, a band performance and more dancing. A good night was had by all.

Day 3

The third day saw a slight split in the group as Jake and the CO climbed the Schilthorn as the rest of the group travelled to the Trummelbach Falls, a series of glacial waterfalls contained within a mountain which had to be accessed via tunnel lift. The falls were astounding and beauty and the power of them was appreciated by the whole group, especially the geographers among us. The relaxed cultural day continued as we returned once more to Mürren that afternoon to witness the parade throughout the town, which was then followed up by a dinner of Fondue, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, the fact that the cheese Fondue itself was strongly alcoholic may have helped. After saying goodbye to Ann and David for the last time after or course a commemorative photo outside the restaurant, we descended once more to the campsite for our final night.

Day 4

A day filled with a certain level of apprehension as it was the day of the most difficult climb so far as we were due to climb up to the Swiss Alpine Blüemlisalp hut at a height of 2840m. After leaving what had been our campsite for 2 nights we once again boarded our transport to the drop off point where our journey uphill began.

Although the majority of the day can only be described as ‘up’ some memorable portions of the day standout. When eating lunch at what was either a house that sells juice to passing strangers or a cafe that looked suspiciously like a house, Yellop was encouraged to eat some things not found in your average lunch diet. He rather bravely ate both a beetle and a cricket which was met with a mix of disgust and pride from the rest of the group. After lunch, whilst walking along a valley we obtained a temporary mascot, a goat we dubbed Darcy. Darcy followed our group for a good 500m and a good 20 goat selfies before we crossed a river that poor Darcy could not follow.

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As throughout the rest of the expedition members of the group took it in turns to navigate, a task I had avoided until now. Alas my time had come, although the leg itself wasn’t particularly difficult as the only direction I had to consider was up. It did however include an obstacle not yet experienced on the trip so far, crossing a glacier, where the CO rather graciously suggested he go first to test the route. My leg of the journey over, the group then faced what seemed like the world’s longest and steepest set of stairs up to the mountain hut. On arrival of the mountain hut the group was a mixture of tired, relieved and proud of the day’s venture.

That evening within the mountain hut we held a ceremony to commemorate the passing of 100 years since Britain entered World War I in 1914. Responsibilties were shared throughout the group, reading passages and scripture to honour the war. The Team Rock even played a part in the ceremony as a centre piece holding the 3 candles used.

Day 5

After the previous day’s climb the whole group was looking forward to a day of downhill walking to rest their aching legs. The journey down was fairly chilled as we took in the views of the glaciers which obviously provided a number of selfie opportunities which no doubt slowed our descent. After lunch we decided to take full advantage of the nearby glacial lake, changed into swimming gear and hire some paddle boats. Everyone got stuck in and really enjoyed the time despite the freezing water, which everyone ‘accidently’ fell into. After begrudgingly leaving the lake, we continued our descent down to the campsite at Kandersteg.

Day 6

Our final walking day brought mixed emotions to the group, and although the ascent wasn’t as high as the one faced on Day 4 up to the mountain hut, it was still a fair climb to the summit of Bunderspitz. Either we were feeling particularly keen that day or we had finally got into the swing of walking because as a group we were making good time on the ascent, so much so that the CO suggested that we split into 2 groups, one keeping the steady state along the original route, the other took a slightly more challenging route across a scree slope. Eventually we met up just before the final ascent to the summit of the mountain, where there were many shameless photos taken and we left an note in the guest book situated at the top.

For some, including myself, the journey down the mountain was more difficult than the ascent, the steep downward spiral seemed never-ending. We did however reach the end of our final walking day and arrived at the barn in Adelboden where we would be spending the night. The hospitality of the owners was incredible, as was the accommodation, and food. After we were suitable stuffed silly after the best meal we had eaten in days the B Coy among the group provided a skit which had everyone in fits of laughter as the performed the most memorable parts of the trip so far with spot on accuracy in their impressions. The night was then rounded off with the classic ‘Paper Plate’ awards hosted by Toby which was a nice way to round off the expedition because although we had one day left, the walking days were behind us; the CO was due to leave the next day and everyone was in high spirits.

Day 7

Waking up in the barn the following morning the group were in slightly hungover but excitable spirits, as the plan for the day was to visit a water park, a nice treat to spoil ourselves after the hard week of walking. But first we packed up all our gear, gave the transport a quick once over and then set off to what would be our final campsite in Berne. Having established out camp, we head off to the water park which could only be described as carnage as we took over the place.

Having exhausted the water park we returned to camp and that evening enjoyed the long awaited final night BBQ which got everyone involved and proved to be the most social evening of the entire expedition. The evening was filled of anecdotes of the trip, beer and most importantly, very good food. As good as the night was, it was also filled with sadness as it was the final night in Switzerland and the next day we would begin our travels back to Southampton where we would no doubt all face the ‘post AT blues’ and sicken our friends with tales of our times on Ex Inferno Tiger.

Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph


My Role as an Army Reservist

Objectives

Inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience

Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000 mph

Mission Statement

Create a unique, high-technology project, focused around a 1000 mph World Land Speed Record attempt. Share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience and inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.

In April I became a REME STEM Ambassador, an Engineering adventure that just entices the passionate Engineer to be drawn in and offered the chance to talk endlessly about the design challenges, make rocket cars, offered the challenge to inspire and ignite a similar passion in the next generation and not forgetting being part of a project that breaks the land speed record…who could say no!

Craftsman Sarah Dorey, 678 (Rifles) Sqn (REME)

Craftsman Sarah Dorey, 678 (Rifles) Sqn (REME)

Friday 13 June 2014 saw the reveal of Bloodhounds cockpit and what will be Andy Greens 1050 mph office. The project is supported by a stunning website and following the link you can take a 360 degree tour narrated by Andy Green http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/news/andy-green-guides-you-round-his-1000mph-office. The big press event linked live across the net around the world including South Africa where the car will be making its record breaking runs and the local community are supporting the project by every day collecting stones to ensure a smooth runway, to date 78 tonnes of stones have been collected. Ambassadors attending the event served many purposes; we experienced the event first hand – gaining first hand knowledge that we can pass on at other events (fuelling our own passions and interest helps transfer interest to others), met Andy Green and in speaking to the press promoted our project objectives and mission statement.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Schools day was my next big even on 25 June 2015. We had 300 school children visit during the day from primary and secondary schools, to listen to science demonstrations by build members, make Styrofoam rocket cars investigating how shape affects aerodynamics and the forces applied to an object travelling at high speed and then time trial them down a track, make K’nex cars powered by compressed air, show pupils round our 1:1 scale model of Bloodhound SSC and all of our interactive Bloodhound stand. The day was also open to the general public, many people are already following the project through the website (http://www.bloodhoundssc.com), Twitter (@Bloodhound_SSC, @spinningdorey), Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/95684012@N02/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BLOODHOUNDSSC) but many visitors came to see our stand out of curiosity…bright orange and blue car, soldiers in uniform, crowds of excited children! Everyone that came in to had a positive enthusiasm once they listened what we had to say. Many were amazed that this group of people were going to attempt such a challenge, more amazed that British Army REME soldiers were hand making individual components and building the car. Generally people are shocked that soldiers have the skills to do this but very proud to say its British and handmade by British soldiers.

Bloodhound SSC has many events and tours and is continuously tweeting and keeping project updates in the public mind. Personally I am beginning to get bookings to attend schools and organise activities so I now go forward with planning with teachers over objectives they wish to achieve from my visit then looking at tailoring my content to their aims. Quoting Maj Morgan “if we can leave the memory of a soldier coming into their classroom and build cars and taught them rocket science when a child looks back at their school days then we have done our job”.

Please follow the project and see the effect it is having, see the quality of Engineering from the REME team and see if we reach our objective. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on sjdorey@yahoo.co.uk

To know more about 678 (Rifles) Squadron visit http://www.serfca.org/en-gb/reservists/armyreserve/678squadronaac6regtaac.aspx