Up there with the big guns

Up there with the big guns

Students at a Staffordshire College finished in the top 10 of an artillery competition for the fourth year in a row.

A team from Buxton and Leek College took part in the Junior Leaders’ Naval Field Gun Challenge at naval base HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire.

In the competition teams raced to assemble an antique field gun, running with it, disassembling and reassembling it to get around a course, before dragging the gun home.

The 21 uniformed public services and sports BTec extended diploma students battled 15 other teams completing the challenge in 1min 31.35sec, to secure them 10th place.

Richard Robinson, lecturer on the course, said: “I’m immensely proud of all the students . . . many were well out of their comfort zone, especially having lost one of their crew members through injury. But they all pulled together to perform commendably on competition day.”

Featured image caption: Buxton and Leek College finished 10th in the Junior Leaders’ Naval Field Gun Challenge