Station scoops first ever team prize

The successful Halton cross country team
The successful Halton cross country team

RAF Halton won the RAF Cross Country Championships team prize for the first time ever and on home soil too at the weekend.

The Halton team secured the RAF team title after beating off stiff competition from much larger stations.

Halton’s cross country team comprising Sgt Steve Frear (third), Cpl Kieran White (fourth), Sgt Marcus Maxwell (12th), Sqn Ldr Matt Tope (33rd), Cpl Lee Hale (41st) and Chf Tech Dave Edwards (58th) beat RAF Coningsby and RAF High Wycombe into second and third places respectively.

This is the first time in the history of the RAF Cross Country Championships that Halton has won this title which makes the achievement even more special.

Sgt Maxwell said: “As a result of this event myself and two other station personnel, Steve Frear and Kieran White, have been selected to represent the RAF at the Inter Services Cross Country Championships at HMS Raleigh, which again is a great achievement.”

Sgt Maxwell hails from the Defence Centre of Training Support and is currently the OIC for cross country and road running at the air base near Wendover.

The RAF has its own Athletics Association and records winners from events nearly a century old dating as far back as 1919.

Anyone interested in taking part in cross country or road running should contact Sgt Maxwell on x6759 at RAF Halton.