Inness Sword Competition


Last weekend was London Wing’s annual Inness Sword Competition, this year held at Napier Barracks, Folkestone. The Inness Sword is London Wing’s premier competition, where Squadrons enter a team to compete over two days in various military skills. This year 22 Squadrons took part in the hope of winning this prestigious trophy and going on to represent London Wing at the Elworthy Sword Competition in October.

Unfortunately we did not win this year; instead we came a very commendable second. Whilst obviously a disappointment, the team can take a lot pride in the hard work and effort they put in, during both training and the competition – many wing staff commented on the excellence shown by our cadets throughout the weekend.

Congratulations to 2324 (Chigwell) Sqn for winning and good luck to them at the Elworthy Sword Competition. Well done also to 1838 who took third position.

This years 241 team was led by Sgt Davidson and had the following members:

Cpl Southcott
Cpl Thompson
Cpl Gachette
Cpl Murphy
Cdt Bliss
Cdt Dutney
Cdt Gahagan

Out of eight events the team won three, the full positions are as follows:

Assault Course – 1st (3.50 – the nearest time was 4.35, with some Sqns coming in after 12 minutes!)
Drill – 1st
Stretcher Race – 1st (3.13)
Observation – 3rd
First Aid – 3rd
Navigation – 3rd
Command Task – 6th
Shooting – 19th (oh dear!)

Our overall score was 149 out of a possible 176. The team look forward to the 2010 Competition with a desire to regain the 1st place and bring back the sword (and drastically improve our shooting score)!

241 did, however, win the Wing Commanders Challenge – the stretcher race again – with an excellent time of 3.02 Congratulations to Sgt Davidson, Cpl Southcott, Cpl Thompson and Sgt (ATC) Cheah.