The RAF took bragging rights in the 10th anniversary Forces Carp Classic as 100 servicemen slugged it out in the five-day event.
Featuring current and former army, navy, air force, Royal Marines, police, fire service, paramedic and mountain rescue anglers – plus a few civilian invitees – the competition raised £12,500 for charity.
Held at Abbey Lakes in France and organised by army veterans Tim Gray and Russ Marsh, the event was this year won by RAF duo Martin Sisson and Stuart Thomson.
Rob Hughes, who covered the event for BT Sport, told Carpfeed: “Having been in contention throughout the five-day marathon competition, they dropped to fourth place on the last night before an amazing flurry of fish in the last hour saw them re-take the lead in a nerve-wracking finish and by the narrowest of margins.
“The police team of Matt Bird and Neil Baddeley had been neck and neck with the RAF boys, leading throughout the final stages, until just 20 minutes before the end.
“Another police pairing of Rob Chapman and Alan Barlow made up the third podium place.”
Rob added: “It’s an amazing event run by amazing people. The atmosphere was great, the competition fierce, but there’s a much deeper meaning to this event than just the competition.
“It’s an opportunity for the forces to come together, have some fun and down time, and enjoy some fantastic fishing.
“The camaraderie and banter between the services is great. Seeing these fantastic people from all the different forces or services, who have done so much, coming together with the aim of trying to raise as much money for charity as they can is truly humbling. It’s one of the best events I’ve ever been to.”
The event raised funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital and BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Servicemen’s Association). Highlights will be shown on On The Bank on BT Sport on November 12.
For more information visit www.forcescarpclassic.co.uk