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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