241 win the Elworthy Sword Competition

When the late Marshall of the Royal Air Force, Lord Elworthy, KG, GCB, CBE, DSO, MVO, DFC, APC retired in 1978 as Lord Lieutenant of Greater London he presented his own Battle of Britain Commemorative Sword as a trophy to be competed for annually by cadets of the three services in the Greater London area.

The competition is designed to test the skills which are included in the syllabus of each organisation together with general physical and mental agility, with each Service providing four Teams.

Having won the London Wing Inness Sword Competition in September, 241 Squadron became the Wing Representative Squadron for this prestigious Competition, held over the weekend of the 03 – 05 October at Crowborough Training Camp in Sussex.

The Team was slightly different in composition to the winning Inness Sword Team, with Cdt Ross Davidson stepping in as Team Leader as the Inness Sword Team Leader was unable to attend, and 5 new members of the team being required due to the differing age limits for each competition, all at two weeks notice!

However, in spite of these difficulties the Team, under the direction of Plt Off Holly Brogden-Knight, rose to the challenge and won the competition for the fifth time since 1994, with the individual results being:

Obstacle Course – 1st
Speed March – 1st
First Aid – 1st
Command Task – 1st
Drill – 2nd
Orienteering – 4th

The rest of the Team comprised of:

Cpl Joy Dutch
Cdt Josh Beveridge
Cdt Matt McCormack
Cdt Jess Murphy
Cdt Finlay Bliss
Cdt Keegan Hargreaves
Cdt Jack Dutney