Young teams to compete in navy gun run challenge

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TEAMS from Highbury College, Portsmouth College and Fareham College are some of the challengers taking part in this year’s Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition on Friday.

Fareham’s HMS Collingwood is hosting the annual event, which sees young people aged 18–25, who have either recently joined the armed forces or have just started apprenticeships with major commercial organisations, compete against each other in a contest similar to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity field gun.

There will also be teams from BAE Systems and The Prince’s Trust taking part.

Teams have been training for the challenge for one week, where they will run-off against the clock, culminating in a trophy for the winners.

Aaron Lowe, from the Prince’s Trust Highbury College team, said: ‘I like my fitness so I can’t wait to be involved in the Field Gun Run event, especially competing against other colleges.’

Sharon Carroll, team leader of the Prince’s Trust Highbury College team, added: ‘I’m really looking forward to the event.

‘The training really helps the young people bond and work together as part of a large team.

‘This year we are hoping to get a personal best!’