June 23rd 2014


Local Air Cadet Ed Pledge, aged 13, has won two Gold’s and one Bronze medal at the Trent Wing Athletics Championships in Grantham.

The Championships, held at South Kesteven Sports Stadium in Grantham saw Air Cadets from Dronfield Squadron taking part in numerous athletic events against 32 other Air Cadet units from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire that make up Trent Wing.

Cadet Pledge represented the Squadron in the Under 15 boys category at the 100 meters and shot events where he won Gold and 300 meters where he won a bronze.

On winning his medals Cadet Pledge said: “It was a hard day as there were some very good runners competing. I just went out there and knew that if I did my best I’d stand a good chance of winning. There was another competitor who was on my shoulder all the way in the 100 meters and I knew if I stayed in control I could have a chance of winning gold. It was a great day and it was a great feeling winning for the Squadron”.

Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Steve Broomhead, said: “It’s great to see one of our youngsters excelling in sports they enjoy and we all congratulate Cadet Pledge on his wins and wish him luck in the next stage representing Trent Wing against the other Wings that make up Central and East Region. Sport is a strand of our Training and Development Plan as it promotes confidence, teamwork, communication and increases fitness, as well as forming modules in some of the qualifications we offer.”

Cadet Pledge will now compete against other wings representing Trent Wing at the Central and East Region athletics championships in Bedford and if successful at that event will go onto represent Central and East Region at the next stage.

Anybody interested in joining the Air Cadets Squadron in Dronfield should contact 01246-410174 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays or