1365 (Aylesbury) Squadron took the lead to win the 2016 Overnight Exercise!
The 2016 Annual Overnight Exercise took place this year from 21 October into the 22 October. As in many previous years, it was held at RAF Halton. Unlike other years however, there was a change of route and operations in order to level out the playing field!
As always, teams turned up to check in at the New Workshops within the grounds of RAF Halton. After a Kit Check, for which points can be gained or lost, teams were given their number and allocated a start time.
A mass briefing ensued for the teams and the staff, covering safety points, before the teams were transported out to a start point and left to orienteer (in complete darkness) their way back to the start. Whilst on the route, the teams had to find grid references in order for them to answer questions along the way. Their answers to these questions can also influence their points.
Additionally, the time it takes the team to complete the course affects their points score so speed is of the essence, a factor which has not changed in this Annual Exercise for many years!
After a long night, most of the teams made it to the finish line, and all had time for a couple of hours of sleep. They were all awarded with Breakfast in Maitland Mess, some Cadets enjoying this experience more than others! Once everyone had eaten it was back to the New Workshops for Final Parade to announce the top 3 teams!
First Place went to 1365 (Aylesbury). Second place to 936 (Hertford and Ware). Third place went to 2313 (The Chalfonts).