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Signallers race for glory in Yorkshire

Service personnel from across the Royal Corps of Signals participated in the annual Race the Sun competition in May, with individual and unit pride at stake.

Around 300 troops descended on North Yorkshire, with the event held at its traditional 2 Signal Regiment home for the first time since 2019.

2020’s iteration was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic while all races in 2021 were virtual, taking place in gyms across the country.

Major McGrane, responsible for organisation, said: “Returning Race the Sun to a physical event in North Yorkshire has been a great challenge for the organising team and would not have been possible without the assistance and support of the wider York Garrison community.

“We have changed the format this year to better reflect the physical demands required and sporting preferences of our soldiers.”

Events included British Army Warrior Fitness, which involved a series of weightlifting challenges, orienteering, and numerous bicycle, running, and swimming races.

The traditional finale of the stretcher race, watched by the majority of those in Imphal Barracks, made its long-awaited comeback.

Other events were held at Dalby Forest and York Sports Village, with the kind permission of the staff at both venues.

14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), based in West Wales, were crowned the overall winners on the day.

The event has been held in York since 1990, having started out as a small competition before growing into the Royal Signals institution that it is today.