Nine of our cadets travelled to the Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon to take part in the annual Pringle Trophy competition. There they met up with cadets from 17 other schools from across the country to compete for the coveted title.
The competition consists of nine activities spread over two days and after an early start the teams headed out on to a grey and wet Woodbury Common to take part in contact drills, observation, a command task and a section attack. The rain was unrelenting and the cadets showed resilience to remain focused on what they needed to do and keep motivated. After a move back to the camp, the cadets took part in First Aid, another command task, map reading as well as conducting a short, rehearsed drill session in now, not so wet conditions.
On Sunday the sun rose far later than the cadets and it was a chilly start as they received their briefing on how to safely pass through the “Sheep Dip”, one of the obstacles on the endurance course and one that is a favorite of the cadets. As with all the activities on Saturday, the cadets gave 100% effort and it was great to see them working so well as a team supporting each other. A tough weekend for all but one that brought out all the qualities of what makes a Giggleswick pupil.
Overall the team was placed 9th and with a 2nd place on First Aid and 3rd on Section Attack, the team can be proud of their efforts against schools much bigger than Giggleswick.