Cadets and volunteers from A Company, Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force were out supporting the Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon and Jane Tomlinson’s Hull 10k recently.
Over 5000 runners pounded the streets and alleyways of Hull with cadets on hand every step of the way. Below is their account of the day:
On Sunday 10th June 2018 there was an extremely early start for the Cadets and CFAV’s from Humberside Band, Mona House and East Hull Detachments as they all arrived in Hull City Centre at 6:50am, they were all in high spirits and looking forward to the many challenges of the day ahead.
The cadets arrived and were introduced to their team leader Nigel Webber, Nigel made them all feel at ease and directed the cadets and volunteers in their various tasks. Between 7 and 9am they were tasked with the following responsibilities;
• Setting up the finish processing area
• Laying out tables
• Preparing the finishers goody bags which contained a T-Shirt, energy gels and protein bars plus other little goodies.
• Unpacking and preparing the medals
• Setting up the water stations with what seemed like thousands of bottles of water supplied by Asda.
Whilst we were setting up the runners with their families and many spectators all started to arrive in and around Queens gardens and you could feel an air of excitement as the crowds began to grow. At 9am the 1st siren sounded and as a cheer was heard the half marathon runners set off. At 9:30am the 2nd siren sounded and the 10k runners began their race.
Throughout the day the cadets were responsible for manning the water stations and ensuring every runner received a bottle of water at the end of both races to rehydrate, handing out the goodie bags and making sure that each competitor received the correct sized event T-Shirt, awarding each finishing runner with a medal and most importantly cheering on and encouraging them along the route.
Once the runners had completed their races it was time to put the tables away and clean up the water stations before having a well-deserved rest. The cadets really got stuck in to the day’s events and moral was at a high with plenty of team work and laughs along the way.
An enjoyable day was had by all and with the maturity and impeccable behaviour demonstrated by the cadets they really did themselves, their Detachments, A company and HSY ACF proud.
Information and images provided by AUO Donna Rea, H & SY ACF
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