Since 1912 the Royal Navy's Interport Field Gun Competition, inspired by the exploits of a Naval Brigade during the Boer War in 1899, took place during The Royal Tournament.

For the sailors who took part in the competition it was as near to war as you can get. Unfortunately neither Royal Tournament nor Field Gun Competition have survived the march of time.

The Field Gun run has been described as trying to achieve an almost impossible task in a ridiculously short time with too few men, the toughest team sport in the world.

The Royal Navy made the sport look easy, whilst in fact each crew member was selected from the finest men. The run was the culmination of months of dedication, fitness, courage, teamwork and above all discipline

1999 was the last year for the Royal Tournament and the final time that the Royal Navy would "Run the Gun". Air Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps and Cadets from the Sea Cadet Training Ship Vanquisher are doing their bit to keep the tradition of the Field Gun Run alive.

The cadet Field Gun display teams provided a demonstration of teamwork and discipline as they conduct a Field Gun run using scaled replicas of the equipment traditionally used by the Royal Navy at the Royal Tournament. The two teams of 10 cadets disassemble, reassemble and manhandle their replica guns and limbers around a gruelling obstacle course.

Our cadets are doing their bit to keep the tradition of the Field Gun Run alive.
Have you got what it takes to join our team.

See the following News items for further information
relating to the Cadet Field Gun display teams:-

Air Cadets Keep Naval Gun Run Tradition Alive
Air Cadets win Royal Navy Field Gun Competition
Nuneaton Air Cadets Win Naval Field Gun Run
Gun Run - 30 Signals regiment open day
Nuneaton carnival & Gun Run 2005
Nuneaton carnival & Gun Run 2004
Young guns keep up old traditions

The cadet Field Gun display has been made possible by the Rotary Club of Arbury who presented the Ivan Davys Field Guns to the Sea and Air Cadet units in recognition of the close working relationship between the Rotary Club and the two cadet organisations.

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