Fenland air cadet completes mile Nijmegen road march

March cadet Alfie Jaggard
March cadet Alfie Jaggard
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A Fenland air cadet has returned triumphant after completing a gruelling 100 mile road march in Holland.

Alfie Jaggard, 16, who is a member of the 1220 March Squadron, finished the Nijmegen road march in four days.

The “Vierdaagse”, Dutch for “four-day event”, is an annual walk that has taken place since 1909, and has been based at Nijmegen since 1916.

As participants near the finish, spectators award the walkers with gladioli – a symbol of force and victory since Roman times.

The Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing of the Air Cadets take part in the marches every year and 2014 proved to be yet another success – with everyone completing the route and earning the coveted “Vierdaagse Kruis” medal.

During their time in Holland, the team was able to pay its respect to those who lost their lives in Operation Market Garden, laying a wreath at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.

The success was the culmination of eight months of intense training, including completion of the Waendel Walk, which takes place in the area around Wellingborough covering over 52 miles.

Alfie said: “I’m so proud to have completed the walk and look forward to next year. I would highly recommend it.”

For further information on 1220, please visit their website at 1220atc.org.uk