Bootneck Challenge Update

20 June 2020

UPDATE - Thank you, thank you, thank you!! πŸ’• Together with support from our friends at Running Buddies we have now more than doubled our initial fund raising target, but let's keep this going - remember, this motivational challenge is also about raising funds for Rushden Sea Cadets and Rushden Historical Transport Society, so please πŸ™ share this link with your family and friends:

Donations and sponsorship are voluntary - you can just take part in the physical challenge and collect the certificates if you wish. But if you want to collect sponsorship as an additional motivator, or just make a donation yourself, that would be hugely appreciated ♥οΈπŸ‘Œ

Remember, if you complete the first four levels (101 miles) and raise more than £20 in sponsorship or donations, you will also be awarded a special limited edition Bootneck Challenge t-shirt πŸ‘•- add 'Go (+ your name)' against your donations on our JustGiving page so we can track your sponsorship.

Our cadets, parents, staff, supporters and friends at Running Buddies have risen to the challenge and we now have over 50 people taking part in the Bootneck Challenge, but it's not too late to start, if you haven't already done so πŸƒ‍β™€οΈπŸƒ‍β™‚οΈπŸšΆ‍β™‚οΈπŸšΆ‍♀️ - you don't need to be a cadet to join in!!

June Virtual Awards Ceremony

5 June 2020

It's the first Friday of the month and that means it's time for our monthly presentation of awardsπŸ… Despite the lockdown preventing us from meeting face-to-face, our cadets have been really busy again this month and so we have some great achievements we need to recognise in our third virtual awards ceremony.

Firstly, it gives us great pleasure to be able to announce the award of first Good Conduct Badge to Cadet Webb and Second Good Conduct Badge to Cadet 1st Class Phillips - Good Conduct Badges are awarded to cadets who have demonstrated commitment to the Sea Cadet Corps, following completion of 1, 2 and 3 years as a full cadet. BZ to you both! πŸ‘

We are also really pleased to be able to award the Basic Catering specialisation badge to 5 of our cadets this month: Able Cadet St John, Cadet 1st Class Pickles J, Cadet 1st Class King, O, New Entry Cadet Tyrrell and Cadet 1st Class Phillips - I'm sure you will have seen the photos of their lovely culinary creations throughout the past few weeks. Congratulations to you all on passing the course! πŸŒŸπŸ‘©‍πŸ³πŸ‘¨‍🍳

Hopefully it won't be long before we can return to the Unit to congratulate everyone in person, but in the meantime, stay safe!

#LevelUp #BroadenYourHorizons

Collecting Food Donations

2 June 2020

We are really grateful to everyone that donated towards our collection for Rushden Foodbank over the past few weeks. Today the donations were dropped off by Petty Officer Sam Baker. The Foodbank Manager, Sara Owst, asked her to pass on their sincere thanks to everyone involved - the donations will go towards helping support vulnerable members of our community at this difficult time. β€οΈ

BZ to everyone that supported this much needed cause.

#InThisTogether #TheTeamWorks

Bootneck Challenge - Summer 2020

1 June 2020

For the next few months we will be challenging our cadets to get active.

The Bootneck Challenge is a sponsored walk or run to raise funds for the Rushden Sea Cadets and Rushden Historical Transport Society at this challenging time, when small local charities are suffering from the effects of lockdown - please help.

What is a Bootneck?
Bootneck is the common term used in the military to describe a Royal Marine - the elite Commandos of the Royal Naval Service. Bootnecks are renowned across the world for their physical strength and mental stamina, so we thought who better to inspire us all to get outside exercising after the last few months of lockdown!

What does the challenge involve?
The challenge is simple, and don't worry, we aren't trying to turn you all into Bootnecks - you can do as much or as little as you like each day, and you can run or walk each distance, spread over multiple sessions and days. Between 1 June and 31 August, we are challenging you to complete 4 significant distances - 6-miles, 9-miles, 30-miles, and 56-miles. Everyone starts the challenge as a basic recruit. After you complete each distance you get a certificate of promotion, then you #LevelUp to start the next distance.

Level 1: Distance 6-miles. On completion promote to rank of Marine.
Level 2: Distance 9-miles. On completion promote to rank of Corporal.
Level 3: Distance 30-miles. On completion promote to rank of Sergeant.
Level 4: Distance 56-miles. On completion promote to rank of Colour Sergeant.
Total distance covered = 101 miles. You have up to 92 days to complete.

How does it work?
Ask family and friends to sponsor you (or just make a donation yourself) - all donations go to the Rushden Sea Cadets JustGiving page. Then throughout Jun, Jul & Aug, get outside for your daily exercise (social distancing rules apply) and log your distance each day using your preferred fitness tracking app (Strava is a great free choice if you don't already have one on your phone). Once you reach the target distance for your level, send a screen shot of your progress to: We will then send you a certificate of promotion and you are able to start the next level. We'd love it if you could also send us selfies whilst you are out, which we can post on social media to promote how well you are all doing. If you complete all four levels and raise more than £20 in sponsorship or donations, you will also be awarded a special limited edition Bootneck Challenge t-shirt.

What is the significance of these distances?
All four of the distances we have chosen for the 'Bootneck Challenge' have significance for the Royal Marines. During initial training all recruits have to complete a series of intense physical challenges, designed to test if they have the physical and mental strength to be a Commando. These tests include the infamous 6 mile Endurance Course, a 9 mile speed march, and a 30 mile 'yomp' across Dartmoor (a 'yomp' is a mixture of speed marching and running). The fourth distance has taken on significance since the 1982 Falklands war. After disembarking from ships at San Carlos on East Falkland, Royal Marines and members of the Parachute Regiment 'yomped' across the islands, covering 56 miles in three days, whilst carrying 80 pounds of kit and ammunition.

Where can I donate?…

#BootneckChallenge #Hoofing #BroadenYourHorizons

Week 4 of the Basic Catering Course

24 May 2020

It's the penultimate week of the Basic Catering Course and our cadets are really showing off their culinary skills this week, with some great 'Food to Share' creations - a huge well done to all of them!πŸ‘©‍πŸ³πŸ½πŸ˜‹

Just one more week to go - we can't wait to see what they have to make in their final week!

Visit our Instagram page to see more pictures

#LevelUp #ReadySteadyBake #Skills4Life

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