Beth has girl power!

SAC Adam Sanderson (RAF Boulmer) v J Milbourne (RAF Coningsby)
SAC Adam Sanderson (RAF Boulmer) v J Milbourne (RAF Coningsby)

A night of fighting action packed a punch as RAF Boulmer hosted its inaugural Charity Boxing Evening.

The event, held earlier this month, featured competitors from the base, as well as RAF Lossiemouth, Waddington, Coningsby and Linton-on-Ouse.

Corporal Beth Chilvers (RAF Boulmer) in Action

Corporal Beth Chilvers (RAF Boulmer) in Action

Representatives from clubs including Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club also battled it out.

Both RAF Boulmer boxers, Senior Aircraftman Adam Sanderson and Corporal Beth Chilvers, won their bouts and Beth was also crowned Best Boxer.

Her outstanding performance was even more remarkable as it was her first ever fight; she only began boxing six weeks before the event.

RAF Boulmer boxing coach, Cpl Jock Enright, took Beth under his wing with an intensive training plan. She had also been sparring and training with other RAF Boulmer boxers.

She said: “The crowd was amazing, I’ve never experienced anything like it, but I would like to say thank-you to Jock for his time, patience and support. I couldn’t have done it without his help.”

Shea McNeil, Craig Robinson and Bruce Durham represented the Alnwick club. While the bouts didn’t go in their favour, club chairman Gary Pattinson was pleased with their performances and added it was a valuable experience for them.

He added: “The club was very proud to be given the opportunity, in only our second season, to be boxing at RAF Boulmer.

“We have been working with RAF personnel at our club, helping out and supporting the RAF boxing team in their preparation for competitions and maintaining boxing development.

“But it has been a two-way street as we have benefitted from Cpl Enright’s coaching experience.

“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with RAF Boulmer.”

Each contest involved three two-minute rounds and the winner of each was presented with a trophy by the sponsor of each bout.

Members of the RAF Boxing Association officiated during the evening as master of Ceremonies, judges, timekeepers and referees and clerk of the scales.

Flight Lieutenant Jez Lawton organised the event and thanked everyone who helped make it happen, including Cpl Siobhan Davies and Cpl Enright.

Station Commander, Group Captain Paul Atkinson, said: “Full marks to the officials, organisers, volunteers and all the support team for their hard work and to the boxers for their skill and courage.

“It was a success, conducted in a sportsmanlike and enjoyable atmosphere.”

The evening raised £1,142 for the RAF Boulmer Station Charities Fund, which this year has been supporting HospiceCare North Northumberland, SHAK and Cancer Research UK.