Climbers Scale New Heights at RAF Championships
Published: 29 May 2015 updated: 03 Jun 2015
A team from the newly-formed climbing club at RAF Honington in Suffolk has put hours of practice on their indoor climbing wall to good use, returning from the RAF Climbing Championships with some excellent results.
The climbing wall only opened in January, with a grant of £10,343.20 from the RAF Charitable Trust helping to pay for the state-of-the-art facility, but the 10-strong team put in strong and determined performances, with three of them - Flt Lt Andy England, LCpl Warren Richards and SAC Luke Harte - reaching the advanced final and three - Flt Lt Berenice Barnes, SAC Dave Braithwaite and SAC Ben Wood - the intermediate.
Overall the team achieved second place in the station standings, just three points behind the winners from RAF Lossiemouth, with Flt Lt Barnes taking second place in the ladies competition.
Team leader Flt Lt England said: "The strong performances would not have been possible without the support of the RAF Charitable Trust and other charities in making the Honington climbing wall possible. With confidence high and the benefit of experience, the team is now focusing on an improved performance (and silverware) at next year's championships."