We're on top of the world!

A GROUP of army cadets from Harworth overcame freezing temperatures and altitude sickness to scale one of the world's most famous mountains.

The team of eight from Harworth ACF climbed for six days to reach the 19,340ft summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in the African country of Tanzania.

“It all went like clockwork,” said Peter Cox, who runs the Harworth unit and accompanied the team of youngsters.

“One lad collapsed when we reached 5,895 metres but as soon as we dropped altitude he was fine.”

“It was a great feeling for them but I’ve been up there twice before. I took my son in 2000 and a group last August.”

Mr Cox decided to embark on the trip to mark his retirement.

“I decided I would like to do something really special for my cadets at Harworth, something they would never forget.”

In the run-up to the expedition a number of team building and training weekends were held as well as fundraising activities for the trip.

Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 15,000 ft from the base, and includes the highest peak in Africa.

Intrepid explorer Ryan Kemp said scaling the mountain had been a gruelling but rewarding task.

“The climb up to the summit was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” said the 16-year-old Serlby Park student.

“It was freezing cold, about minus 20 celsius, and was so steep. It was dark and all you had was the glow of your torch. But it was all worth it when we got to the top. The view was amazing. You could see the curve of the Earth.”

Ryan added that he would like to return to Africa to conquer Kilimanjaro again.

They ended their successful expedition with a safari to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro crater.

The Army Cadet Force is a Ministry of Defence sponsored voluntary youth organisation. It caters for boys and girls from the ages of 13 to 18 years and nine months.

Cadets are trained and supervised by qualified volunteers and adult instructors.

Harworth ACF is part of the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Company and is based at the ACF centre on Scrooby Lane, Harworth.

Parade nights are Monday and Thursday, 7pm until 9pm.

Anyone interested in joining should phone the region’s ACF on 01777 711434.