Last hurrah for Ripon squadron

Royal Engineers from Claro Barracks in Ripon parading through the city.
Royal Engineers from Claro Barracks in Ripon parading through the city.

Dozens of soldiers based in Ripon have been taking part in a final charity challenge before their squadron disbands later this year.

Members of 15 Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment – who are based at Claro Barracks in the city – began their challenge of completing the 50-mile Ripon Rowel Walk in under 24 hours on Wednesday, finishing the challenge on Thursday.

The walk is raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Ripon charity Scuba Diving for All.

Maj Mike Treffry-Kingdom, Officer Commanding 15 Fd Sqn, said: “We wanted to link with the city of Ripon because we have been based in the city for more than 60 years and also to show our appreciation of the close ties we have always maintained and our thanks before we are disbanded.

“Our relationship with the city has always been fantastic and this is a great way to mark our departure by giving something back to the city.”

The Ripon Rowel Walk is a route around the ancient city of Ripon which visits villages, historic sites, wooded valleys, rivers, lakes and streams.

The inspiration for the challenge comes from a United States Presidential Fitness Challenge set by John F Kennedy 50 years ago which was to prove that the US Armed Forces could match the fitness of their predecessors following a similar initiative by his predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1908.

The 15 Field Squadron will hold a disbandment parade in the city on Thursday, November 21 – start time and route to be confirmed.

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