RAF Wittering team shows mettle to win inter-service competition

RAF Wittering Wins Countess of Wessex Cup
RAF Wittering Wins Countess of Wessex Cup
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Air personnel from RAF Wittering have won an annual inter-service competition against a team from the Royal Navy and the army.

The team from Wittering has won the Countess of Wessex Cup after battling it out against a team from HMS Daring and 5 Battalion the Rifles (5 Rifles) last month.

This is the fourth year the competition has been run, and the third year RAF Wittering has won.

The Countess of Wessex is Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Wittering, Royal Colonel-in-Chief of 5 Rifles and Ship’s Sponsor of HMS Daring.

There were two elements to this year’s challenge; a gymnasium challenge and a photography competition.

The punishing gymnasium challenge included a 2.4 km run, a 5 km cycle ride, 2 km rowing, 50 press ups, 50 sit ups and 50 squats. The winning team was the one who completed all the activities in the shortest possible time.

Each unit submitted three photographs which illustrated their military roles.

Peterborough Telegraph photographer, David Lowndes, judged which three of the nine images would go forward to the Countess for the final selection.

RAF Wittering topped the fitness test, ahead of HMS Daring and 5 Rifles. The Rifles, however, won the photography competition beating RAF Wittering into second place but the aggregated scores placed RAF Wittering first.

RAF Wittering Station Commander, Group Captain Damian Alexander said; “The Countess of Wessex Cup is a friendly competition, but one that we all strive to win.

This friendly but competitive approach helps strengthen the excellent bond between the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

“We are all on the same side, we all endeavour to do our best and, ultimately, make the same sacrifices.

“Inter-service competitions keep the forces sharp and, as in this case, allow us a moment’s pride when it emerges that the winning unit is RAF Wittering.”