RAF Championships 2019 – My Experience
So far this year, athletes from RAF Coningsby have achieved some outstanding performances.
In May, the track and field team impressively beat all the other RAF stations and went on to win the RAF Presidents Cup. In June the team then went on to win the RAF Athletics Championships, resulting in Coningsby holding all the 2019 Inter-Station trophies for track and field.
From these remarkable achievements, several athletes were selected to represent the RAF at the annual Inter-Services Athletics Championships against the Army and Navy, These athletes were FS Ramm, Sgt Williams, Cpl Roberts, Cpl Cory, SAC Suter, SAC Brockley-Langford, SAC Etchells and SAC Cation. SAC Andy Suter recounts his experience of the 2019 RAF Athletics Championships:
“This year the RAF Athletics Championships took place at Nuneaton, away from their usual spiritual home of RAF Cosford. Despite this, my first time back competing at the event for two years, felt just like home.
There is always a special atmosphere when you compete knowing you are trying to cement your place in the rich history books of the RAF Championships. Whether it be trying to get your name on a trophy, trying to get a medal, or simply giving everything you can to help your station succeed.
I competed in the 800m, an event I won the last time I had the chance to race at Cosford. The standard was high as always, and I managed to battle my way to a bronze medal, narrowly behind my two nearest rivals.
Being away from competing for two years, it was nice to see some new faces as well as some old friends. Going to the Championships with a strong RAF Coningsby team, we knew we had a great chance to win, which came to fruition after some very strong performances from the whole team.
Coningsby won both the male and female trophies, along with numerous individual medals, which was great news for all involved, except for Team Captain SAC Shawnie Etchells, who found herself being thrown into the steeplechase water jump, as part of the winning tradition!”
Written by SAC Andy Suter.