The Naval Field Gun Run held in the main arena during the 30th Signals Regiment Open Day at Gamecock barracks proved to be an extremely exciting head to head challenge between the Royal Air Force Air Cadets of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and a second composite team made up of Air Cadets, former members of 121 Squadron and serving members of 30 Signals Regiment.
The Cadet Field Gun Run has been one of the headline, main arena events of the Gamecock Barracks Open Day for many years and the Air Cadets Gun Team from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron were all set to continue the tradition. Suddenly during the week before the big day they found out that the team they were expecting to run against couldn’t attend.
So in keeping with one of the best armed forces core skills, it was time for some last minute improvisation and a change of plan (or panic, as it’s commonly known in civvy street). But just where do you get a team of ten to Run the Gun at such short notice?
In a desperate bid, not to let the side down, the call went out for volunteers to help to form a second team. Thankfully the Squadron managed to pull together another team which comprised of five members of the Squadron three former cadets and two members of 30 Signals Regiment.
So thanks to former Gun Running Air Cadets Paige Howitt, Ryan Easterlow and Samuel Baynes together with Signaller Scott Martin and Lance Corporal Gaz Philips of 30 Signals Regiment the 2015 Gamecock Barracks Open Day Gun Run was all ready to go.
This hard fought race between the all cadet team and the hastily assembled team led by the regulars from the 30 Signals Regiment proved to be a real crowd pleaser with both teams being cheered on by the large and enthusiastic crowd. The youngsters from the Air Cadets were the first to run the gun in a timed challenge against the composite team who were running the gun in competition for the first time.
The two teams of ten ran the Field Gun against the clock, disassembling, reassembling and manhandling the replica gun and limber around the gruelling course. Both teams provided an excellent demonstration of teamwork and discipline with the composite team completing the run in the shortest time thus taking the Gun Run trophy.
Flt Lt Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “I am glad to say that the Cadet Field Gun Run continues to act as an excellent demonstration of the importance of teamwork within the forces. All the cadets and I am delighted to say the volunteers; former cadets and members of 30 Signals who stepped in at the last moment have all worked extremely hard today in a bid to keep the Gun Running and help to make the 30th Signals Regiment Open Day such a success. A massive Thank You to everyone involved.“
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