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Congratulations to Wyton Nordic Champions

A team from RAF Wyton has claimed victory in the interstation Nordic skiing race held on Ex Vixen Eagle.

A 4-strong team from RAF Wyton attended Ex Vixen Eagle, which is a week long Nordic skiing training exercise held annually in Zwiesel, Bavaria. Throughout the week the team from Wyton trained for a graded international cross country skiing award, with SACs Adam Lucas and Matthew Bates of the Wyton team attempting their bronze award, SSgt Billy Kirkwood aiming for silver, and Flt Lt Mark Dunstan aiming for gold.

The Wyton team covered over 100 kilometres during the 5 day training phase, and SSgt Kirkwood’s high-tech training aid revealed him to be burning an average of 2500 calories through exercise each day. Fortuitously, a group error when calculating meat requirements for a 4 person chillicon-carne left the team with 3 kilograms of minced beef to consume over the course of 2 meals!

The final day of the Exercise is spent carrying out ski assessments, and is followed by an individual time trial event and an inter-station relay race on a course through the Bavarian forest. The Wyton team faced  competition from 25 other unit and station teams, but won the relay race by 2 seconds. The team was presented with their trophy at a ceremony on the Friday evening by Dr Renata Mehriger, chief instructor of the Skischule Bayerwald Zwiesel. Upon collecting the trophy many other stations tunefully expressed their uncertainty about exactly who comprised the RAF Wyton team!

SAC Matthew Bates commented on his return from the exercise “I have never cross country skied before, but Ex Vixen Eagle was a really good introduction to a challenging sport. The aching muscles on the journey home were certainly worthwhile knowing that we had won the inter-station relay!”