Six Army Reservists from the newly re-badged C (Cheshire Yeomanry) Sqn Queen’s Own Yeomanry (QOY), based at Fox Barracks in Chester, undertook the Chester Half Marathon in May. The group comprised those who attend extra Sqn Physical Training sessions regularly, and who used those sessions as training for the event. Added to this, the Reservists decided to run the half-marathon in boots, in preparation and training for the Para10 event in August of this year.
The biggest surprise to all those running was the heat. Temperatures were well above 20 degrees, a factor no one had taken into account, and this proved the main challenge. The run was a most enjoyable experience and the Chester community was out in force cheering on the runners to a city centre finish. Despite the heat, everyone finished within a time of 2hrs 8 mins, with Sgt Robert Sedgeley leading the way with a time of 1hr 58min and 46 seconds. The runners now have the Para10 to train for in August this year.
The historic Cheshire Yeomanry was raised in 1797 and the unit has over 200 years’ history of Volunteer part time service, fighting on horseback in South Africa in the early 1900s and then in Egypt, Palestine and France during the First World War. In the 1990s members of the squadron saw operational service with the United Nations in Cyprus, and in Bosnia and Kosovo. In 1996 the squadron was granted the freedom of the City of Chester. In 2003 members of the squadron mobilised during the second Gulf War, and the squadron continued to serve in Iraq until 2008. To date over 57 operational tours have been completed in Iraq and Afghanistan by the Cheshire Yeomanry.