5 February 2014
In a first for the ACF, teams of male and female cadets from Gloucestershire ACF were invited to test their Tug of War skills against Army Regular Service teams in the Army Indoor Championships held in Gloucestershire on 23 January 2014.
The first events involving the cadet males were the 560kg and 600kg classes. Despite many of the Army pullers being over a foot taller than the cadets the Gloucestershire ACF team gained first place in both categories.
From the start, the ladies from the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery, weighing in more than 100kg heavier than the cadet team, showed their experience and weight advantage winning both the 520kg and 560kg weight classes 2-0.
The final event of the afternoon was the 600kg mixed 4x4 event, which resulted in 19th Regiment Royal Artillery defeating the ACF Team 2-0.
Commenting on the event Gloucestershire County Commandant Col Lance Ranson TD said: “It is a great honour for an Army Cadet Force Team to be invited to compete as a guest team. The cadets from Gloucestershire ACF took it in their stride and came away with some outstanding results. The cadets, trained by team manager and CEO of Gloucestershire County Major Alec Masson, come from all over the county to train at Eastern Avenue in Gloucester during the year. Now that’s dedication!”
Event organiser and course designer, SSgt John Stokes RAPTC (Royal Army Physical training Corps) said: “It has certainly opened my eyes to the ability of such a young squad of cadets and for me this highlights the importance of involving young adults in such physical and sporting events in order to inspire them for the future.”