Cadets take on 66km route

Four army cadets, plus support crew, have been preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh award around Pocklington.
Four army cadets, plus support crew, have been preparing for their Duke of Edinburgh award around Pocklington.

Four teenage army cadets have been preparing for a tough ride as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards by cycling 66 kilometres around Pocklington.

Driffield cadets Marcia Talaska, Lucy Beresford and Amy Beresford, along with Ben Campbell-Wilson from Hornsea, all 15 years of age, are aiming to complete their Bronze awards.

Marcia said: “We had an amazing time riding.

“They do say Pocklington is the Gateway to the outstanding Yorkshire Wolds as it is right on the western edge of the Wolds. It’s such an attractive market town.”

Gareth Pugh, the DofE Rep for the Army Cadets, said: “I’m very proud of all four cadets. It is quite an achievement to do a total of 66k mountain bike riding.

“I would also like to thank the support crew as this couldn’t have happened with them.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is one of the world’s most popular development programmes for young people aged 14-25. The DofE Award includes four categories of highly practical, cultural and adventurous activities.

Most of these are cross-related with the Army Cadet activities covered in the syllabus, which means when cadets train for first aid, drill, target shooting and expeditions, they are also working towards their DofE Awards.

The Awards are well-regarded and recognised by universities and employers.

If anyone would like more details about joining the Army Cadet Force either as a cadet or adult volunteer, please visit the website: www.armycadets.com or call 01377 253548.