Last Saturday, Grantham's Meres Sports Stadium hosted the Army Cadet Force National Athletics Championship. Under grey skies and a testing wind, over four hundred athletes from all over the UK battled for the ultimate prize of a gold medal.Councillor Stokes, Mayor of Grantham, said: "It brings Grantham to the attention of the nation and it's a wonderful honour that people all around the country, including Scotland, actually attends this on an annual basis". He added: "I'm sure the cadets really enjoy this."In total, ten regions took part in the event, including Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, providing a perfect blend of diversified talent. Nerves and excitement were very certainly evident as a very enthusiastic crowd buoyed the athletes on.The event presented the organisers with a huge challenge but, with true military precision, the day unfolded like clockwork. Unsung heroes included the hard-working team from St John Ambulance, who were kept very busy as the young athletes pushed themselves to the limit of endurance.As the event came to an end, and well-earned prizes were handed out, the satisfaction of the participants was hard to miss.One cadet said: "It's been quite difficult and a lot of competition" and "it's been mental".Daniel, the 800m winner, described what winning a gold medal feels like: "It feels really good. It's a great achievement, words can't really describe the achievement, but it's brilliant!"Overall Championship winners were the North East team, followed by Eastern region.
Fatmira, Year 10
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